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Friday, September 14, 2018

Hope Brown can make $60 donating plasma from her blood cells twice in one week, and a little more if she sells some of her clothes at a consignment store. It's usually just enough to cover an electric bill or a car payment. This financial juggling is now a part of her everyday life -- something she never expected almost two decades ago when she earned a master's degree in secondary education and became a high school history teacher. Brown often works from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her school in Versailles, Ky., then goes to a second job manning the metal detectors and wrangling rowdy guests at Lexington's Rupp Arena. With her husband, she also runs a historical tour company for extra money. "I truly love teaching," says the 52-year-old. "But we are not paid for the work that we do."



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#1 | Posted by 726 at 2018-09-14 07:23 AM | Reply

Of course, the answer is more tax cuts for the 1%.

- Paul Ryan.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-09-14 07:29 AM | Reply

keep voting for incompetent wingnuts and see what else happens.

#3 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-09-14 07:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There's more to this story than was written, I think.

The average salary for a teacher in Kentucky is $45K-%59K. By themselves, teachers are making the median household income level. If their spouses work, you're looking at much more relative to normal.

So unless her husband can't work it sounds like her tight financial situation is at least partially of her own making.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-14 08:47 AM | Reply

I just hired a former career teacher/coach at a public high school. He was coaching football, athletic director for the middle school and taught several classes as well.

It's tough for schools to keep guys like that when I can offer so much more to them, financially.

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2018-09-14 09:01 AM | Reply

#4 - Unless you're living in Orange County, CA or another high priced area, I don't see how you would have to work 3 or 4 jobs to make ends meet, especially in KY. My wife is a teacher and at the top of her pay scale, doing pretty well, even more so because of where we live. She works several jobs but it's only because she likes to spend money. It has absolutely nothing to do with it being required to pay our bills.

With this being said, teachers are not paid well based on the requirements of the job.

#6 | Posted by TheRef65 at 2018-09-14 09:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Of course you personal narrative invalidates what is going on across America.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2018-09-14 10:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


Actually the number belie the attempted heart string pulling of this story.

A house hold where one of the earners is making the median for the country as a whole is well off outside of certain regions that have higher cost of living. The woman in the story is in Kentucky. Not exactly a high cost of living state.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-14 11:42 AM | Reply

I did the same in '80 &'81 when I quit teaching and went back to college to get my degree in computer programming.

I had two jobs, gave plasma twice a week and took a full college course load.

All to feed myself, my wife and two kids.

The good news is that in the United States of America I was free to do that and had the opportunity to find a good job where I worked for 34 years before retiring.

'Merica, the best place in the Universe to live.

#9 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-09-14 12:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"But we are not paid for the work that we do."

That must be some work.

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-14 12:28 PM | Reply

She must be a conservative republican.

Democrat revisionist historians are banking 6 figures in NY and Boston.

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-09-14 12:39 PM | Reply

"But we are not paid for the work that we do."
That must be some work.


Aren't you going to tell us she should just work harder or do a job that requires education and skill? Or how if we pay them more, they'll just get replaced by robots?

That's been your line on every thread about low pay thus far.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-09-14 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I've always thought plasma TVs were kind of creepy.

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-09-14 12:53 PM | Reply

Americans love education so much they are willing to hire those who (supposedly) can't make more money anywhere else to teach the next generation. While for their "profit-making" businesses they want to hire the best talent available.
That tells you which outcomes they actually care about.

If "Those Who Can", do
And "Those Who Can't", teach
Where do we get the next generation of "Those Who Can"? They're supposed to learn from "Those Who Can't"?

#14 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-09-14 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Like the post office, teachers are at the center of many controversial economic issues. Because they are unionized they are both prime targets for Libertarian Republican think tanks waging a broader war on public education. Starting out in education must be difficult because of the time it takes to prepare classes, a problem which diminishes over time.

The reality is most families and virtually every family with children requires two jobs to raise the kids, not just teachers. This contrasts sharply with the post WWII world of the fifties. Some groups laud women joining the workforce as progress, when the reality is its no longer an option. Average wages in this country won't pay for a house, two cars and insurances for everyone anymore, not just teachers. Two cars are necessary to hold two jobs in most places in this country because our public transportation infrastructure is inadequate in most places.

Teachers remain at the front lines of this endless class struggle because they are important to our children and a powerful threat to the 1%. Ask yourself how did houses go from $15,000 to $1 million over the course of sixty years? These events are not driven by the laws of nature, they are a consequence of deliberate policies of our government, which acts only in support of the 1%.

#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-09-14 01:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

My daughter is in college studying to be a teacher. She is super-smart, earned straight As in high school and is excited to be on a career path she chose when she was probably six years old, playing the teacher for her little sister and the kids in the neighborhood. She knows about the low pay and lack of respect she will get from many people (including Kentucky's governor, who has decided teachers are "thugs"). She doesn't care. She wants to teach.

She is good with kids and loves to help them find their strengths. She spent a couple of years doing volunteer work as a Best Buddy for kids with developmental disabilities. The head of the local program told me our girl had a gift, that he'd never seen a volunteer so capable with the kids.

Other than parents, there is no one more important than a teacher in shaping a child's life. It's a shame the way they are disrespected in this country.

#16 | Posted by cbob at 2018-09-14 02:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Democrat revisionist historians are banking 6 figures in NY and Boston.

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Attacking teachers now?
More breitbart propaganda from the fakest progressive on the site.
Next you'll be saying we should invade palestine and give bigger tax cuts to billionaires.
Just go all the way, what's holding you back?

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-09-14 03:11 PM | Reply

Here's something to toss around. My friends and I living in an area of cheap real estate in Michigan worked out the numbers. To be fair - we weren't trying to establish numbers for what we consider "lavish" lifestyles. We were trying to establish numbers that you had to make as a couple to: Live a "worry free" life without having to be concerned about cutting corners. A "keeping up with the Jones'" middle class lifestyle of the 1950/60/70s. That means: A nice house, nice cars - again not extravagant, annual vacations that weren't camping trips, saving sufficiently for retirement, not worrying about medical expenses and caring for a pair of Children and we of course considered taxes. We came to the conclusion a couple needs to earn about ~$150k annually to do that. We all get by on far less than that.

#18 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-09-14 05:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Median family income in Michigan is 50803, median richest county in Michigan is 94783. I take it you are not from the midwest.

#19 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-09-14 09:32 PM | Reply

Too bad she's not a dude, or she could donate her biological reproductive essence for $120 a pop. At twice a week, that'd be $240/week, $1040/mumpf or $12,480/year. At 5mL/Tablespoon, that'd be 104pops x 5mL = 520 Tablespoons. 1L = 67.63 Tablespoons. Thus 520 Tablespoons/ 67.63 Tablespoons/Liter = 7.689 Liters of Essence per year. Or as Robert Plant would say, "Squeeze my lemon, till the juice runs down my leg, leg, leg, leg, push, push, push, push."

If only 1% of the 7.689 L gets used for procreation, then there'd be 76.89mL of essence implanted in the hosts resulting in a viable brood, yielding on average 5 offspring per 5mL injection, resulting in 15.378 groups of 5 fraternal twins, or 76.89 red-headed, megapeckered, youts running around where there were none before.

#20 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-09-14 10:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Per the Pew analysis, In 2013, federal spending on major higher education programs totaled $75.6 billion, state spending amounted to $72.7 billion, and local spending was considerably lower at $9.2 billion.Mar 1, 2018
Government Spending on Education Is Higher than Ever. And for What ...

I wonder how much of this is spent.

#21 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-09-15 09:48 AM | Reply

Wow how uniquely American to be poor when everything is so expensive.

Unique! Fantastic! Maybe THAT is how we are exceptional! We work our a$$es off to stay in one place.

You work three jobs? Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that."

To a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005
George W. Bush

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-15 01:36 PM | Reply

That's what college degree will get ya. I bet she educates kids to grow up go to college and do the same.

#23 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-09-15 02:06 PM | Reply


I'm a teacher, and all I can say about your shameless headhunting is...

You hiring people with English degrees? What part of the country are you in? Is my Masters worth anything???


#24 | Posted by dylanfan at 2018-09-15 08:11 PM | Reply


#25 | Posted by hamburglar at 2018-09-16 12:32 PM | Reply

--Is my Masters worth anything?

Hopefully it's in something substantive, not "secondary education" like this lady.

#26 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-09-16 12:38 PM | Reply

Well, when you're in the field of education, a Masters in Wducation actually makes sense, so yeah - Education. But no, not terribly transferable to other disciplines.

#27 | Posted by dylanfan at 2018-09-16 05:14 PM | Reply

She should think about a career change. The Police department where I live starting pay is 55k. You only need an associates and your ACT 120 Cert. You are eligible for tons of OT and private security gigs. Or she can be a part time reserve officer which pays more than manning the metal detector at the gate plus she can still do private security gigs. Best thing about is you get nationwide concealed carry. I don't think there is a more honorable profession.

#28 | Posted by byrdman at 2018-09-16 05:26 PM | Reply

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