3 furlough days: No school for students, no pay for teachers
by Lindsay Field and Hannah Morgan
October 03, 2013 12:53 AM | 5794 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Teachers in the county school system say they are looking forward to some time off but not in light of furlough days where they won’t be paid.

Cobb County School District teachers will be off work and each of the district’s 112 schools will be closed today, Friday and Monday for three of the five furlough days the school board approved to balance the $894 million fiscal 2014 budget. The furlough days were used to help eliminate a $86.4 million budget shortfall.

Teachers will return to school on Tuesday, Oct. 8, for a training day and students will be in class on Wednesday.

“While teachers are looking forward to some days off, no teacher is excited to have a day without pay,” said Connie Jackson with the teacher advocacy group Cobb County Association of Educators. “Teachers are tired of making less (money) every year. Furlough days are a painful reminder of lost pay.”

John Adams, who works with the teachers’ group Educators First, said on average teachers are losing about $300 a day when they are furloughed. That amount is split up over an educator’s 12-month pay period.

Brad Johnson, the district’s chief financial officer, said it costs about $3 million a day to run the school district.

These three furlough days will save the district about $9 million.

Other offices in the district will be open Thursday and Friday, but every Cobb Schools employee will be off Monday.

Students in Marietta City Schools will not attend classes Monday or Tuesday. The city system has issued these two days as professional learning days.

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Easy fix
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October 03, 2013
Find some politicians with courage and do away with the Senior exemption. The purpose was to encourage growth in the 80's. Now it is prohibiting growth in 2013 because Cobb county is an aging county. For those who say the Seniors who would be willing to pay can (I would speculate most because they care about their community) Get real! Very few people would ever choose to pay extra in taxes when it is not expected of others. Until this happens we are just reapplying band aids and the kids will suffer and eventually the county. Bottom line is any way you slice it there is not enough money to support a district this size, especially when we have to give money to other districts throughout the state like Gwinnett!
RESOLUTION2
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October 03, 2013
Cobb teachers have had furloughs the last six years. Cobb teachers have had an overall salary cut of 2%. Cobb teachers are losing their homes. Cobb teachers are working harder for less. Cobb teachers are highly educated and not valued financially. Do you hear the message?

So, now that the Government shut down is in action, everyone is upset about furlough days. Really? WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE FROM PARENTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ON THE PART OF TEACHERS WHEN WE BEGAN TO BE FURLOUGHED? This is not a break because most of us are contacting parents because their child chooses not to perform in class and is disrespectful; we are logging the calls, creating lesson plans, grading and posting grades and WE ARE OUTRAGED!!!!! Is anyone listening? Board Members--Hear our roar!!!
RESOLUTION2
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October 03, 2013
I find it ironic now that the Government has shut down, all people are concerned about furloughs. Cobb teachers have been furloughed the past six years on top of a decrease in salary of 2% overall. We are working longer hours, more demands are made upon us and we have lost thousands of dollars, But who really seems to care? Why not stop paying taxes since the government has shut down? Teachers will eventually flee regardless of how much heart they have for the children. Why don't the parents speak up for those who are with them more hours than they are on a daily basis? FURLOUGHS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. We must come to another solution to fund schools and find a Governor who supports public education
Not a Break
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October 03, 2013
Even though we are not in session for school - many teachers are still working. My son has a football game - there has to be school personnel there during this time. He also has practice during these days "off". The teachers, coaches and/or administrators will need to be there for that also. So - please stop calling it Fall Break, Cobb County. I know many of you are happy to be making the trek to the beach - but many of your child's teachers are not doing that. #1 because they love their jobs and the kids they work with and #2 with these days "off" - their salary has been reduced. They can't afford to go to the beach...
look out of the box
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October 03, 2013
The county continues to ignore suggestion about saving money. The economy is picking up but due to home assessment being stagnant, we will never get anywhere. We are losing great teachers.
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