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house Bill H.R. 276

Should There be a Classified School Employee of the Year Award?

Argument in favor

Classified school employees do important work in America’s schools. They deserve to be recognized via a national award like the Teacher of the Year Award, which this bill establishes.

Eric's Opinion
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02/26/2019
Sure why not. But you know what’s better than an empty award? A higher salary. Pay them more
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Lisbeth 's Opinion
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02/26/2019
Accolades are great but a living wage is better. I’d rather see people teaching our children make the kind of living that would attract the best and the brightest-they are teaching America’s children after all. If our kids aren’t worth it what is??
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NoHedges's Opinion
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02/26/2019
Yes, with a prize of $10,000 and a 4% pay increase.
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Argument opposed

Many school districts and states already recognize exemplary classified school employees via their own annual awards. While it’d be nice, an additional federal award isn’t necessary.

IllWill's Opinion
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02/25/2019
This is just a pointless feel-good piece of legislation. If we actually want to recognize all the work that our school employees do, we should increase their salaries!
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Mark's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Want to really help teachers? Give them some disciplinary authority over the student population like they used to have. Without fear of being sued by some activist parent. Recognizing teachers for exemplary performance on a national level is a kind gesture but rings hollow. Make the classroom a learning environment once again, instead of an exercise in crowd control.
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jdominator10's Opinion
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02/26/2019
Just a waste of time. The House should focus on real issues. Get teachers the ability to not worry about being sued by an activist parent, whom just wants to be the star of the show. Recognition is important, but with paper it’s pointless - treat people with respect, dignity, and kindness.
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    Sure why not. But you know what’s better than an empty award? A higher salary. Pay them more
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    This is just a pointless feel-good piece of legislation. If we actually want to recognize all the work that our school employees do, we should increase their salaries!
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    Want to really help teachers? Give them some disciplinary authority over the student population like they used to have. Without fear of being sued by some activist parent. Recognizing teachers for exemplary performance on a national level is a kind gesture but rings hollow. Make the classroom a learning environment once again, instead of an exercise in crowd control.
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    Accolades are great but a living wage is better. I’d rather see people teaching our children make the kind of living that would attract the best and the brightest-they are teaching America’s children after all. If our kids aren’t worth it what is??
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    Just a waste of time. The House should focus on real issues. Get teachers the ability to not worry about being sued by an activist parent, whom just wants to be the star of the show. Recognition is important, but with paper it’s pointless - treat people with respect, dignity, and kindness.
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    Awards are great but don’t pay the bills. You can’t eat a piece of paper. Pay them a decent wage with decent benefits. Cash incentives for performing above and beyond area better incentive.
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    Yes, with a prize of $10,000 and a 4% pay increase.
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    It'll just be politicized! How do you (fairly) pick ine?
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    Just another dumbass idea. When will it stop?
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    This is “fluff” legislation and not worthy of consideration, until the real problems in this country are dealt with.
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    Abolish the department of education.
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    Never hurts to thank these people for the job they do and get paid lower than corporate America - they deserve all the thanks they get and more!
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    Awards are stupid. I do not want to promote people who are seeking glory. How about we fix the school system instead of wasting time with this sideshow recognition crap that is nothing more than a distraction and waste of money.
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    There are thousands of outstanding and unappreciated school employees in the nation. How can we recognize just one? The seems like a meaningless award that is a waste of money.
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    The federal government has no constitutional role in education. Do somethiing you're authorized to do.
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    Show them the money. How can we expect to have a well educated children/workforce and move the state forward cutting corners from kindergarten to Doctoral programs, instructors To facilities, giving public education funds to religious fanatics. Senseless. It’s no wonder the State has a Talent, Youth, Capitital and overall population exodus going on. It’s a far Cry from the place I grew up in, in the 50’s and 60’s. When did they move us into a 3rd world country? Was it when Nixon kept Vietnam going, because he couldn’t have Johnson ending it on his watch, or when Reagan got rid of the Fairness Act and set loose the weaponisation of political speech here in the US? Maybe when he sold the country on his idea to steal money from social security and. Give it out, mostly to the rich, so they could trickle it all over the working class, whenever they felt like it, except they never did. Face it, our entire national debt is the result of trickle down theories that never paid back their loans. Stop it, and the people selling those lies.
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    Thank you Mark. Well said. Taught school for 45 years. This got worse & worse Want to really help teachers? Give them some disciplinary authority over the student population like they used to have. Without fear of being sued by some activist parent. Recognizing teachers for exemplary performance on a national level is a kind gesture but rings hollow. Make the classroom a learning environment once again, instead of an exercise in crowd control.
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    Not the government's business
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    Waste of time and money. Congress needs to focus on more important things than trying to build their ego and fame.
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    Yesterday, I met with a teacher who taught for 34 years. She said that she always DECLINED the “teacher of the year” awards. It wasn’t something that she wanted. She said that some of the worst teachers would go after the award, and they would do whatever was necessary to earn the award. Teachers already get recognition. We don’t need to add another award.
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