Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    And she could get a free eye exam and new glasses every two years, if she chose to…Teachers don’t make a lot of money, but they do have good health care programs…Well, at least they used to….

  2. emjaycee

    emjaycee said, over 3 years ago


    “Used to” being the key words. My friends who are still teaching have seen benefits cut but the costs still rising (I remember when a doctor’s appointment co-pay was $5 a visit back in the 90’s.) I actually get better vision and dental as part of my union benefits than I do on my job benefits (the union spans several sectors whereas my job benefits are based on the number of people who actually work there – the more people involved, the less each has to pay).

  3. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    With her seniority under a union contract, she should be raking it in.

  4. kingstonave

    kingstonave said, over 3 years ago

    If by “raking it in” you mean making a living wage.

  5. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 3 years ago

    emjaycee: Which is why Canada gets superior health care for less cost than the US – it includes every one.

  6. treesareus

    treesareus said, over 3 years ago


    Canadians often come to the US for their health care needs because of the wait and low skill level of the medical community.

  7. bagbalm

    bagbalm said, over 3 years ago

    The unions have so much nerve, it wouldn’t surprise me if they demanded subsidized cigarettes as a benefit. They could point out it saves money in the long run.

  8. Chem Gal

    Chem Gal said, over 3 years ago

    As a teacher myself, I can say that the amount I’m allotted on my health care for glasses will only pay for about 1/4 of a pair of glasses at most optical dispensers. I do know people in other jurisdictions that have slightly better eye wear coverage, though.

  9. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 3 years ago

    I read just last night that in New York City, just the TAXES on a single pack of cigarettes is almost $6.50. Add to that the actual cost of the tobacco and I wonder how anyone can afford to smoke.

  10. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    It’s been a trend for people to grow their own tobacco. While I’ll never support smoking, there are two big advantages to that: 1. the lack of hundreds of chemicals to get the person hooked, 2. since they have to roll their own, they can’t chain smoke the same number of cigarettes.

  11. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    re: singlespeed

    all depends on where you are at in the U.S. In our major cities, the medical care is often very poor. This is a particular problem in California with 13 million Mexican Nationals that pay nothing into the system an thus have bankrupted hospitals and clinics. In smaller cities, it can be very good.
    The U.S. does not have the 20% casualty rate of Canada or the 13% casualty rate of the UK from lack of treatment, where common conditions would be treated anywhere but western Europe or Cuba.

  12. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 3 years ago

    I see now Frazz.

  13. Silmenume

    Silmenume said, over 3 years ago


    I’m not sure which district you are referring to when asserting that teachers don’t make a lot of money. In LAUSD some new teachers have a starting salary of $85,000 a year. That is obviously the high end, but it is not impossible by any means. I was told by told a teacher last fall that the LAUSD budget over student amount is $34,000 per student. This is for a school system that has an 80% “fail” rate in bring students up to an 8th grade level of education. Very little of this actually is spent on the student level.

    FREX – the administration to teacher ratio is about 1:1 which is utter ridiculous!

    This last election in Los Angeles the LAUSD ran a bond issue that promised up and down the line that the money would be spent on the students. The left was fully behind it in all its forms. Just three weeks ago the LAUSD announced that not ONE SINGLE PENNY was going to be used for the classroom. Rather all it was going to put into teacher pensions. I laughed because this is not the first time that the LAUSD and the teachers union have lied about school bond issues. This bait and switch regarding school bond issues happens almost every time. I fully suspected that the LAUSD was going to be disingenuous as did much of those of the conservative persuasion. They were merely pointing to the past history of the LAUSD’s lies and distortions. They were shouted down as being anti-children, again, when in truth it was LAUSD and the teachers’ union who by their actions are anit-student.

    A friend of mine has put her son into a private school that has been operating for only 11 years. The cost is about $7000/year. Less than 1/4 of the cost per student of LAUSD. They don’t have the budget to pay the teachers the fine salaries they make in LAUSD so special recruiting there. The student to teacher ratio is about 1/3 of LAUSD and there is no academic culling. They have to functional at their grade level coming into the school – no extraordinary. Their philosophical approach to education is that which has been completely dismissed by modern liberals as based on “Dead White Men.”

    In 11 years since its inception that school has entered the ranks of the top 25 high schools in the country. How did they do it with teachers who are not getting paid what their public counter parts are? The got out of the business of social engineering, employed the foundations of western civ as their teaching basis (as it used to be prior to the 1920’s or so – before post modernism), kept their class sizes small, demand proper behavior from the students, teach truths not social relativism (as it used to be) and viola – top 25 in the nation at a small fraction of what LAUSD spends and fails miserably to do.

    Back to the start – anyone who says that teachers don’t make a decent living is lying or has drunk deeply of the koolaid – and its a very easy number to check. Its public information. Go on the net and look at the school recruiting sites. They make fine money. They just are not in the business to teach anymore. They are there to promote a social agenda and to prove there are no truths that all is relative especially social behaviors. Is it any wonder the schools fail the children?

    Its NOT for lack of funding.

  14. pauldamin

    pauldamin said, over 3 years ago


    Not sure what you mean by living wage, but at the two school districts my wife’s worked in a teacher with 26+ years (that seams about right and is the highest number on one of the charts) would get $57.5k to 59.6k a year, more with advanced degrees. Plus her benefits (with the exception of prescription drugs) was a lot better than mine out in the commercial world.

  15. le-roy

    le-roy said, over 3 years ago

    I’m sure it’s not like this everywhere, but the average teacher salary here in Sacramento County, CA, is $60,000+ for a 182 day work-year. Pay into retirement system but no Social Security, and retire at 62 with 60% of final salary.

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