Your GOP/TP at it’s very best. Jobs? Hell, we have an agenda to meet. How do you vote for this pack of drooling hyenas, America?
Make no mistake…substitute teachers earn considerably less than regular certified classroom teachers. In my school district, subs earn $60 a day and certified ‘highly qualified’ new classroom teachers earn close to $40,000 a year. However, you have to compare and contrast the pros and cons if you decide to sub.
Substitute Teachers Autonomy and Benefits
Substitute teachers choose daily when and where they work. In my school district, we use SubFinder, a computerized employee placement system that allows subs to call on the phone or access sub jobs through the Internet. You choose which schools, which grade levels, and what days you will work based on available jobs. However, regular classroom teachers are contracted to work in one classroom, with the same students all semester, for at least one year, unless they get fired, sick, or take an extended leave of absence.
Unlike student teachers in a teacher education program in college, substitute teachers manage their own classes for that entire day. Student teachers must work under the direct supervision of cooperating teaching mentors. Substitute teachers often have to create emergency lesson plans in case none are left by the regular teachers. This is why I advise subs to come to work at least 30 minutes early in case you have to create lesson plans to keep students busy bell-to-bell.
Many parents choose to work as subs in school districts close to where they live, work in schools where their children attend school, and often work with school officials that taught them. I often walked to work as a sub, and knew most of the parents and school staff at the schools I worked at. Familiarity with school climates, culture, personnel and community is good for you when you’re a sub or regular teacher.
Pros and Cons of Subbing.
Besides employment autonomy, subs can choose to go online and pursue teacher certification while you work on-call or full-time as subs. I completed a master’s degree in Secondary Education online from the University of Phoenix while I subbed daily.
The Pros to completing a teacher certification program online is that you can go to class online during hours of the day or night when you feel most comfortable, and relaxed. Trying to commute to college in person often conflicts with your work schedule. You don’t have to worry about parking, student traffic issues, professors with conflicting attitudes, and possible school violence issues when you attend classes online in the safety of your homes. Hopefully, you don’t have any deranged or violent family members.
Another benefit of subbing is that subs can join the National Education Association (NEA) for significantly reduced union member dues, and receive outstanding employee benefits. I paid $50 a year to join NEA. Recently, the Birmingham American Federation of Teachers (BAFT) approved its membership category to allow subs to pay only $10 a month, and receive full employee benefits.
I am also a member of AEA (myaea.org), BAFT (aft.org), National Substitute Teachers Alliance (nstasubs.org), Substitute Teacher Institute (stedi.org), and President of the Birmingham Professional Substitute Teachers Alliance (BPSTA). Contact these organizations for more specific information about benefits and issues for subs.
The Cons to going to school online is that you have to rely mostly on huge student loans to complete your education. Secondly, you have to submit your work timely or face stiff academic penalties; you have to sign in to class at least four times a week, and participate substantially in class discussions, and work on teams online with students you can’t see. You also have to try and resolve any academic grade issues completely online compared to being able to settle your academic disputes in person with college deans and department heads.
School Accreditation and Certification Issues.
Always ensure that you check first with your State Department of Education to make sure your online teaching certification and degree will be accepted for teaching certification processing in your state, and school district. Usually, the State Department of Education lists which online teacher education programs will be considered/accepted as part of a teacher certificate transfer or reciprocity programs.
An Institutional Recommendation (IR) is not the same as an actual teacher’s certificate. However, some school districts may grant you an Emergency teaching certificate or Provisional/Alternative teaching certificate with an IR while you pursue, and complete requirements for a full teacher’s certificate. You are usually only able to teach for one year with an Emergency teacher’s certificate, and up to three years with a Provisional/Alternative teaching certificate.
I graduated from the University of Phoenix earning two master’s degrees in education. There are six regional accreditation agencies in the United States that are responsible for making sure colleges and universities in their geographic regions meet minimum standards before they are granted accreditation. There is also a Birmingham campus of the University of Phoenix in my state in case you want to go to school in-person or online.
Jill Brown wrote in ‘go4learning.org’ that, ‘The University of Phoenix is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and does have some department accreditation, depending on which program you pursue. The school’s master’s degree program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).’
Do you research before you enroll in any online programs. Consider the costs and student loan debts. Consider departmental accreditation issues. Consider your technology skills and family obligations. Consider whether you want to take on full teaching responsibilities after you sub for a while. Most of all, consider whether you have what it takes to change the world, one child at a time.
American businesses are carving out more room for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan − finally driving the overall unemployment rate for that group into single digits in September. But joblessness for the U.S. women home from war continued to climb, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
The portion of post-9/11 veterans seeking work fell to 9.7 percent last month, compared to 10.1 percent in August and 11.7 percent in September 2011, according to BLS figures.
However, nearly one out of five women who served in the military at home or abroad during the two wars is now without a job, the new BLS statistics show. As the U.S. troop drawdown continues in Afghanistan, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 female vets surged to 19.9 percent in September, compared to 14.7 percent a year earlier and 12.1 percent in August.
“More women were deployed than ever before but an awful lot of them are single moms who face the challenge of coming home,” said John E. Pickens III, executive director of VeteransPlus, a nonprofit that has offered financial counseling to more than 150,000 current and former service members.
And while many companies trumpet their patriotic side by plucking male combat veterans and plunking them into corporate roles, women who served with some of those same guys often are not viewed by employers with the same level of admiration, Pickens has been told my some of his female clients. In short: Women who logged time in the war zones don’t earn the same level of prestige - or employability - are do U.S. males who recently were in the line of fire.
IF, LIKE Jeff Reitz and Tonya Mickesh, you go to Disneyland often—very often—you know that asking for a roast beef melt made without horseradish, as opposed to a roast beef melt with horseradish removed after the fact, will require a ten-minute wait at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. You know that, if conditions are right, you may ride in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain Riverboat and help steer. You know that if you want to see records of the number of times you’ve entered the park you must visit Disneyland City Hall. Because you do want to see those records.
“Sometimes it’s fun to pull something out of your pocket,” Reitz told me. “It was the two of us and one of our other friends one day, and I’m like, ‘What you do you guys wanna do?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Okay. I’ll pick the first attraction, and then you guys get to pick.’ I said, ‘Follow me,’ and I led them right through the castle, and there’s a walkthrough in the castle, it’s a diorama-type setting of Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and they’re like, ‘Hold on a second, this isn’t a ride.’ I said, ‘It’s an attraction.’ And it is. Most of the rides here in Disneyland are attractions. There are only two actual rides. Like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.”
That is something else you know.
Reitz and Mickesh are friends, not a couple, who go to Disneyland every day. They do it because, at the end of 2011, both received holiday gifts of a $649 annual pass to the park, and both had no job. Mickesh had worked for 18 years at a Santa Ana-based company called Financial Statement Services, Inc. until she was let go in the late spring. As the months of unemployment dragged on, Mickesh grew despondent. Then she shared an idea with Reitz: resolve to go to Disneyland each day of 2012. That way, life, preferably in the form of a job, would be sure to get in the way of the plan. “You know how when you go to a restaurant and you order a meal, and it doesn’t come and doesn’t come?” she explained to me. “But you get up and go to the bathroom, and it comes.”
It worked. In April of this year, she found a full-time job as an assistant operations manager at Dekra-Lite, a design firm specializing in Christmas light decorations, and, occasionally, Halloween. It pays less than her old job did, but it covers basic expenses. Now, in order to stay faithful to her daily-Disney pledge, she drives 14 miles from her house in Lake Forest to Dekra-Lite in Santa Ana, 10 miles from Dekra-Lite to Disneyland in Anaheim, and 15 miles from Disneyland back home. Reitz, for his part, has been less lucky with employment; he gets by on temp gigs. They help cover the child support payments he must make for his teenage daughter in Alaska, where he was stationed as an Air Force firefighter in the 1990s.
During his presidency, it came in the form of government shutdowns, after which “we began to work together and we had five good years working together,” he said.
“We really haven’t had an action forcing event like that. I believe the election will be that event. I expect the president to win. And I think if he does, after this happens, then you will see the logjam begin to break.”
“I think it will strengthen the hand of, for example, Speaker (John) Boehner, who would make an agreement if the most right-wing of his caucus would let him. I think they will have to think about the consequences of not doing that. I think the same thing will happen in the Senate. I think you will see the gravitational forces of American politics pushing us toward an agreement on the budget and a number of other things.”
While he expects Obama to win, Clinton cautioned that getting some of the president’s key support constituencies to the polls could be a challenge.
In 2008, Obama “won an enormous victory among people under 30. But they are disproportionately likely now to be unemployed or stuck in part-time jobs, to be frustrated. I think for all kinds of reasons, they’re unlikely to vote in large numbers for Governor Romney, but will they vote?”
But the special sequestering was for Romney, not Eastwood. The actor emerged in front of a Man With No Name silhouette drawn across a generic sun-bleached landscape, and started muttering. And kept on muttering. You’ve been to weddings, right, where the best man starts getting too real, and less funny than he thinks, but everyone’s instinct is to root for him and try to find humor? That was what happened.
It might be a mistake to seek meaning from that speech, but Eastwood’s ramble came off like a slightly bored swing voter’s reasons for rejecting Obama. He was happy that Obama won, but then he realized that lots of people were unemployed. He didn’t understand why Obama surged in Afghanistan, when he could have said, “let’s leave today”—a position Mitt Romney does not even hold.
I’m spinning this harder than Romney’s own campaign team, who stood in that ad hoc hallway and looked increasingly fed up as Eastwood kept talking. They must have realized that an epic moment was occurring, and in the Twitter track/viral/LOL media it would overshadow Romney.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, government data showed on Thursday, but remained too high to signal any major improvement in the labor market.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, the Labor Department said. The prior week’s figure was revised up to 392,000 from the previously reported 387,000.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims easing to 385,000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends, slipped 750 to 386,750.
The labor market has lost a step in recent months as uncertainty spawned by the debt crisis in Europe and an unclear fiscal policy path at home has made businesses reluctant to hire. However, there are no signs in the claims data that companies are responding to that uncertainty by laying off workers.
Jobless claims have barely moved since April and the lack of improvement suggests a fundamental weakness in the labor market.
All this proves is that things are not getting better. We need a new barometer for the state of the economy. New unemployment claims only tell a small part of the story. What about all of the people that are still underemployed or completely unemployed that are either not eligible for benefits (self-employed) or have exhausted their benefits?
Whatever the sob stories about recent college graduates spinning their wheels as baristas or clerks, the situation for their less-educated peers is far worse, according to a report from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University scheduled to be released on Wednesday. The data comes from a national survey of high school graduates who are not enrolled in college full time, a notoriously transient population that social scientists and other experts had been having trouble tracking. (In the two months since the survey was conducted, a large share of participants have had their phone numbers disconnected and could not be reached.)
For this group, finding work that pays a living wage and offers some sense of security has been elusive.
Yet another segment of the population that is not represented in the rosy economic improvement figures that are being reported. How can they count as unemployed if they’ve never been employed before? The economic recovery is a long way off in my opinion.
Hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Americans are receiving their final unemployment checks sooner than they expected, even though Congress renewed extended benefits until the end of the year.
The checks are stopping for the people who have the most difficulty finding work: the long-term unemployed. More than five million people have been out of work for longer than half a year. Federal benefit extensions, which supplemented state funds for payments up to 99 weeks, were intended to tide over the unemployed until the job market improved.
In February, when the program was set to expire, Congress renewed it, but also phased in a reduction of the number of weeks of extended aid and effectively made it more difficult for states to qualify for the maximum aid. Since then, the jobless in 23 states have lost up to five months’ worth of benefits.
Next month, an additional 70,000 people will lose benefits earlier than they presumed, bringing the number of people cut off prematurely this year to close to half a million, according to the National Employment Law Project. That estimate does not include people who simply exhausted the weeks of benefits they were entitled to.
Would anyone care to wager whether the government reports another significant decrease in unemployment statistics after these 70,000 people are off the unemployment rolls?
Unemployment in the euro zone rose to a new high in March, according to data released Wednesday which is likely to intensify calls for an easing of the region’s austerity drive.
Unemployment in the 17 countries that belong to the euro zone rose to 10.9 percent in April from 10.8 percent in March, Eurostat, the European Union statistics agency, said Wednesday. In March 2011, the rate was 9.9 percent, a number that illustrates the deterioration of the area’s economy during the last year.
The monthly increase, the 11th in row, translates into more than 17 million jobless people, and is also likely to add to tension ahead of national elections in Greece and France on Sunday.
The votes will be an occasion for citizens to register their discontent at the decline in living standards and public services that has been a consequence of government budget cutting. Leaders could come to power who are unwilling to continue the austerity programs pushed by Northern European countries, especially Germany.
“The grim unemployment figures for March will likely encourage talk about a long-overdue ‘growth pact’ for the euro zone,” Martin van Vliet, an economist at the Dutch bank ING, said in a note to clients.
The figures also illustrated the growing gap between Northern Europe and countries in the south. The jobless rate in Germany was just 5.4 percent as calculated by Eurostat, compared to 24.1 percent in Spain and 21.7 percent in Greece. The Greek figure is based on January data, the most recent available.
However, some economists said there were signs of weakness even in Germany, which has the largest economy in Europe. The Federal Employment Agency, which counts some people as unemployed who are excluded by Eurostat’s methodology, said Wednesday the number of jobless people in Germany fell by 65,000 in April to below 3 million, a rate of 7 percent.
After adjusting for seasonal distortions, though, unemployment in Germany rose slightly.
“Compared with most other European countries, the German labor market is still a bright spot,” Thomas Harjes, an analyst at Barclays Capital, said in a note. But he added, “Today’s figures highlight that the weak economy will not leave the labor market unscathed.”