Teacher 2: I believe, from conversations I have had with [NAME], that she is basing her facts on both her own experience in the private sector and her experience in education.....
Lawyer: let's take what [California Teacher] said and break it down logically.
1. She said, the average salary of a CA teacher is less than [an average] private sector secretary. FALSE.
According to the teachers' own union, the average CA teacher makes over $64,000, and receives additional compensation in the form of pensions (usually after just five years) and full medical benefits.
Please cite reliable stats showing that the average secretary in the private sector makes over $64K and is eligible for a pension and full medical benefits. You won't find any such statistics because her statement is incorrect.
2. She said that canceling printing costs for ESL students would substantially increase funds for education. Really? With $40+ billion annually spent on CA K-14 education, it is highly unlikely that ESL "printing costs" are a major problem. Common sense says that textbooks and other materials are bought once and used for many years. I'd love to see total expenditures each year on ESL printing costs. My hunch is that [California Teacher] was scapegoating American citizens who speak ESL in an attempt to shift direction from the fact that 80 to 85% of CA K-14 education funding goes into the pockets of district employees.
3. She said, "Half of the General Fund does not make it to education." FALSE, unless you want to quibble over 48% vs. 50%. Total funding for K-12 education was projected to be an astounding $68.5 billion in 2008-09 (it appears that the teachers' unions were forced to make some concessions, lowering spending projections). In CA Fiscal Year 2008, about 48% of the General Fund went to California elementary, secondary, and higher education. http://www.statehealthfact
Again, people are entitled to their opinions, but not their facts. Isn't it sad how so many teachers don't know how to make a logical, fact-based argument?
Bonus: more here from Bill Baker, Editor and Publisher, The San Bruno Beacon.
Bonus II: Governor Christie also shows us how it's done. More here.