Furlough Fight

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The State Board of Education could bar teachers from taking furloughs ordered by Gov. Beverly Perdue on days they're supposed to be in the classroom.

The State Board of Education could vote Wednesday on a policy telling teachers to take their unpaid time off when students aren't in at school. The state Department of Public Instruction said if teachers take time off on teaching days, substitutes would have to be hired.

Perdue last week ordered teachers and other state employees to take 10 hours of unpaid time off in return for pay cuts in May and June needed to balance the state budget. Furloughs must be taken between June 1 and Dec. 31.

Teachers say they're too busy to get all their work done and take the 10 hours off.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 8, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Teachers are some of the most highly paid and underworked people in the state. People, not just state employees. So take the furlough and count your blessings. Sarah Ann, the curriculum for those four year degrees is not quite what it is for engineering, pre-med, business and others, so please don't compare apples to fighter jets. Why is it that when the budget is tight and belts need to be tightened, teachers always think that others should give up a little extra so they won't have to give up any. Get it through your skulls, that nitwit Easley and his endless, mindless quest to make teachers instant millionaires are gone. Go to work and earn your big paycheck and stop complaining. You don't know how sick others in the state are of hearing your constant whining and blubbering. Sarah Ann, you say production is going to get lower.....how? Any lower and teachers won't get out of bed in the morning.
  • by Sarah Ann on May 6, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    None of you understand unless you walk a day in a teachers shoes. I am a teacher at a community college and I feel very sorry for those who teach our K-12 students. Not only is the job hard, but the pay is horrible. We are talking about some people making less than $30,000 with a four year degree. This is horrible. I am very, very, very disappointed with Beverly Perdue. She has lost her mind. We are still trying to figure out the cuts and furloughs at my community college. It has really put a damper on our employees. They are mad over this and they have a right to be. Therefore moral is lost and production is lower.
  • by Phillip Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    Yes all other employee's will have to get their work done before or after the day they take off as well. None teachers do have work too that has to be completed even when they are forced to take it off. Now everyone complaining about the 10hrs off I am sure you planned a vacation or a doctors appointment that you have to take a day off anyways, so there is your furlough day! Enough already. The half percent is the worse part.
  • by Suzie Location: NC on May 6, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    If a teacher is forced to take unpaid furlough on a teacher's work day, will there be someone else doing the work that teacher would normally have done that day? No, I don't think so. The teacher will still be expected to get all the rewuired work done, so he or she will be sitting at home, unpaid for the day, doing the work. Will other state employess be held responsible for the work they didn't get done on their unpaid day off?
  • by Pilot Location: Gvegas on May 6, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Airline pilots get furloughed all the time. Infact many airlines have pilots furloughed right now. Big difference these guys don't know when they get the call back and most still flying have had to take pay cuts to keep a job. And remember pilots can't have a bad day at work.
  • by Parent Location: Washington on May 6, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    To teacher, you are exactly right. If you take your 10 hours off then who will be in the classroom with our children. Teachers are different from other state employees. They teach our children!!!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on May 6, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    Sounds like that Einstein Beverly Perdue should have thought about this a little more before making a decision.But hey, shes a Dumbocrat, what do you expect?
  • by teacher Location: nc on May 6, 2009 at 05:03 AM
    The problem is that we will not be allowed to take the time when we have students. That leaves work days. We will basically lose the money and never get the time. No one knows what your job entails until they do it. Visit your local school and ask them if you can volunteer or sit in on a class and you will be very surprised.
  • by Wendy Location: Kinston on May 6, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    I don't think teachers are any busier than any other state employee that has to take 10 hours off!! I know that there are some really hard working teachers out there but I really get tired of them acting as if they are different than other state employees.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 04:06 AM
    Those teachers complaining need a STRONG dosage of reality check injected in their morning coffee. They should take their measely 10 hours off (to be spread out from june to december) and go with the flow! How about losing 10 hours every two weeks? I recently lost that at my job, no one is going around cutting peoples hours and pay just for giggles! I am thankful that I still have my job, and if losing 10 hours a pay period keeps me WITH a job, so be it! Try being "busy" when you are out of a job, because you will be to busy applying for positions that are just not out there! I think all of us in the "real" world are to busy to cut time from our positions, many days do not have enough hours in them! Cut your losses, take your 10 hours spread over 6 months, and move on!
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