Teachers Need Work

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

Scores of teachers waited in line, resumes in hand, all for a shot at doing what they do best. The road to LCC's recruitment fair hasn't been easy though.

"I've applied to I don't know how many public teaching jobs because that's where my background is, and I can't even get a call back," Teacher, Erika Brown-Binion says.

Lansing Community College is looking to change that. Friday the school held interviews for over 80 part-time teaching jobs in dozens of fields, perhaps putting some of Binon's frustrations to rest.

"I mean I am pretty well educated, I have a masters degree, I have a reading credential...I've been a teacher for eight years, and I can't get a job," Binion says.

A common complaint from the folks we rely on to educate the community.

"I think if you've been in Michigan for more than 15 minutes you know that the jobs are not out there," a spokesman from LCC says.

Teachers News 10 talked to say they always thought their jobs would stand the test of time, but now they know better.

"Luckily my daughter is only 16 months, so she really doesn't know yet how a tough Christmas is going to be, but you know my husband and I have decided that we won't buy anything for each other and that's how we have to live right now," Binion says.

So now it's the teachers rather than students putting pen to paper in the hopes of getting a high enough grade from LCC to be able to call a classroom their own once again.

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  • by me Location: jackson on Dec 8, 2008 at 03:26 AM
    I plan to be a teacher after college, and I don't want to join the union! Unfortunatly I don't have the right to choose! thanks to our government and the Union! Our kids are not educated beacuse our country is to politicly correct. thinking is not encourage, but taking tests and filling in bubbles is encouraged.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2008 at 01:36 PM
    LCC is trying to save cost. They can hired 8 adjuncts to teach 8 classes at the same cost of hiring 1 full time person to teach 4 classes.
  • by Charles on Dec 6, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    School administrators and teachers may be well educated but I do not know why Erica thought her job would never be in jeopardy. The declining size of the family dictates we will not need the number of teachers we had in the past. The Teachers Union is the next large work force to get a reality check. They tried to get multiple teachers aides to keep the Union strong and growing. The WELL is dry and taxpayers can't afford them. The kids seem to be less educated at anytime in our countries history even with all the teachers aides. Finally the administrators are admitting the problem is a declining population. No wonder they want more illegal immigrants. Like the other Unions and Government jobs that have 25 year or 30 an out retirement plans those days are over. Social Security and Medicare are declining, everyone wants a handout and they haven't even fixed those SOCIAL PROGRAMS. I'm not well educated but I seen the trainwreck coming years ago. I can also read and write.
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