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What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 06:54:29 in Canada British Columbia

“Do I get nearly 3 months off every year? Not even close. You take the good with the bad in any/every job. If you don't want to spend money on your classroom or students, then don't. That's completely voluntary. If the school isn't providing you with the proper materials/resources, then go work at a different school. It's really that simple.”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 22:37:02 in Canada British Columbia

“Are you kidding me?!? As a plumber, everyone's a "buddy" when they need something. Everybody has a reason why they should get a discount, and everybody has a story about why they can't pay you right now (even though you've already paid your supplier for those materials - treating me like an interest free line of credit). Another magical "write off" I get is "BAD DEBTS EXPENSE" - I kiss a few thousand dollars good-bye annually. Another thing I do is provide estimates which can take days to put together on a big job - all pro bono if I don't win the bid. When I get home at the end of a 12 hour day, I have a few more hours of billing, estimating and research to do to be prepared for the next day.

My point is that there are hardships, annoyances and complaints about EVERY profession, job or career. Teachers don't have a monopoly on feeling overworked, underappreciated and underpaid.”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 15:19:53 in Canada British Columbia

“So do teachers when they're hired. If a plumbing job is worth $500, I can't just walk in and say I want $5,000 and expect to get the work.”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 13:30:25 in Canada British Columbia

“My wife was a high school math teacher for 12 years. We always wrote off supplies she bought for her classroom under the advice of our accountant. You save the receipts so you can back it up in the event of an IRS audit - just like I have to do with any tools and/or materials I buy for the work I do.”

Gerry Laarakker on Jun 13, 2014 at 17:16:54

“Are we talking about the US or Canada? I don't know what the rules are in the US, but their teachers are paid way less than in Canada.”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 13:11:31 in Canada British Columbia

“That's absolutely not true. My wife taught high school math for 12 years. All you need are the receipts for all the materials you've supplied for your classroom. Would the form from the school make it easier to prove the validity of the write-off in case you're audited by the IRS? Absolutely. Is the form required? No.”

HEY N0W on Jun 13, 2014 at 16:38:38

“IRS? You mean CRA, we do not live in the USA.”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 13:07:23 in Canada British Columbia

“Most years I make about exactly what my wife did as a Step 10 high school math teacher. That's when I "only" work 60 or 70 hours/week with no summers off. I had to apprentice for 3 years and take 300 hours of classroom education to earn a master's license and there's also an annual continuing education requirement to maintain my licenses.”

GordonDu on Jun 13, 2014 at 18:58:35

“Respect as well, but needs to be pointed out. 3 years are a paid working position, although at a reduced rate. And 300 hours is full time schooling for less than 10 weeks (at 6 hours a day, 5 days a week).

I give you full respect for the time and effort you put into getting to the level you are at. But 3 year paid work and 10 weeks worth of class time, isnt the same as a 4 to 5 year university requirement to ge a BA in teaching.”

Trev14 on Jun 13, 2014 at 17:50:52

“respect”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 13:03:10 in Canada British Columbia

“Teachers can also write off all the supplies they buy.”

Runs from Scissors on Jun 13, 2014 at 13:10:35

“As people who are not self-employed, they shouldn't have to. If the school board approves their purchase as a tax deduction, they can write them off, if not, tough luck. Check it out.”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 12:59:12 in Canada British Columbia

“I read it. I'm not impressed. We (everyone) is over-worked, under paid and under-appreciated. Every job/career comes with challenges and we could certainly ALL use a break once in a while. But most of us don't get a two month respite every year. My wife was a high school teacher for 12 years, left to raise our kids when they were young. The benefits package and pay was FAR better than anything she's been able to find since. Why doesn't she go back to teaching? She did - last year (2012-2013). She was hired two weeks before the school year started, and her fear was that she wasn't their first choice because of her high Step (pay level) and that they'd get rid of her after the school year ended and hire someone fresh out of college for half the money (having left for about 5 years, she was no longer tenured) Guess what happened? They let her go and hired a recent college grad who "teaches" (for lack of a better word) to the state test - period.”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 09:33:30 in Canada British Columbia

“Your first paragraph describes what I do perfectly - plumber.”

Bethamye on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:42:31

“So do you buy tools for 30 children to use year after year? Please, not even close to the same thing. Nice try though.”

GJBowman on Jun 14, 2014 at 08:02:14

“You are self employed and get the benefit of those purchases. They are in investment -- the more and better the equipment, the better opportunity you have to earn additional income. Teachers are salaried.... with no financial benefit to be derived from those purchases. I would also assume that those purchases are a right off for taxation?”

culchee on Jun 13, 2014 at 20:10:01

“Are you kidding me, you don't supply any plumbing materials, expertise or free anything. If you are self employed you charge for all materials including tools which are a part of the overhead on your bill to customers, if you work for someone else they supply all materials and most of the tools your tools are your personal property and you also are allowed to claim them on your tax's. Not the same thing at all pal.”

Runs from Scissors on Jun 13, 2014 at 11:45:44

“Your supplies are a tax write off. That's not necessarily the case for teachers. They can get the school board to give them the proper form that allows them to deduct their purchases from their taxes. If the school board doesn't provide it, no tax write off.”

sgillhoolley on Jun 13, 2014 at 10:45:52

“Im curious, how much money do you make as a plumber and what was your education requirement to get the job?”
What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 09:30:45 in Canada British Columbia

“It's no different than working in the trades. If you work for someone else, you're expected to bring your own tools.”

northernangler on Jun 14, 2014 at 20:00:18

“Just curious: do you get to claim that as a business expense?”

Chi maera on Jun 14, 2014 at 04:11:37

“but you don't pay for the 'clients' lunch”

kevinksw on Jun 13, 2014 at 14:54:54

“It's not the same. In trades, you work as a contractor usually and you buy your own tools and because you are a self-proprietor of your business you get to expense your tools through your taxes. Not even that, you might be able to expense your meals, gas, etc... Or if you work for a trades contracting firm, your tools are supplied to you so your company can expense it in their taxes.

However, if you are are an employee and you are supplying your own equipment and tools you do not get to expense it as part of your taxes. In fact, if you have properly donated money to the school, you might get a receipt to claim some of your money back but realistically, teachers are putting money into the system without any recognition.”

Runs from Scissors on Jun 13, 2014 at 11:49:11

“Those working in trades may bring their own tools, which are a tax write off. Does anyone working in say, the contraction industry, other than the contractor, have to pay for things like nails, boards, plywood and general construction supplies? I believe the answer is 'no'.”

hp blogger Lizanne Foster on Jun 13, 2014 at 10:49:48

Kiera Wilmot, Teen Arrested In Botched Science Experiment, Haunted By Felony Record

Kiera Wilmot, Teen Arrested In Botched Science Experiment, Haunted By Felony Record

Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 19:56:41 in Black Voices

“Wow. So much ignorance in so few words.”
Obama Makes A Promise About Michelle Running For Office

Obama Makes A Promise About Michelle Running For Office

Commented May 31, 2014 at 14:25:41 in Politics

“And there's the silver lining. See? You just have to look hard enough.”
Obama Makes A Promise About Michelle Running For Office

Obama Makes A Promise About Michelle Running For Office

Commented May 31, 2014 at 14:24:43 in Politics

“Which is exactly why we don't need any more lawyers to run for public office.”
Ann Coulter's Attempt To Make Fun Of #BringBackOurGirls Goes Beautifully Wrong

Ann Coulter's Attempt To Make Fun Of #BringBackOurGirls Goes Beautifully Wrong

Commented May 13, 2014 at 07:38:59 in Media

“"#Actions speak louder than words" would have been far more effective.”
White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

Commented May 11, 2014 at 10:11:34 in Politics

“No. I have a problem with politicians who couldn't land an entry-level job in the dreaded private sector who waste our money and then demand more and more because they refuse set proper priorities. And I really have a problem with the constant vilification of "Big" this and "Big" that (oil, pharma etc)" as if to say, "F-you employers! We don't need ya!".”

Polar Shift on May 11, 2014 at 21:20:26

“We talk about the 'bigs' because they get unbelievable tax rates, grants and subsidies, while doing everything they can to stomp out competitors. And if a vaccine or medication is a one time cure or preventative, they stop making it, such as smallpox vaccine, or antibiotics. The big pharmas have pretty much stopped all research into mre effective antibiotics, meanwhile we are all becoming resistent to the current treatments, which are only useful if used sparingly, but it living in our dairy products. In the form of RSBG.or whatever the initials are. We actually have some great cancer treatments, but they could do better, but why should they when the current treatments cost more, and may have to be repeated over again? Meanwhile congress want to cut NIH funding.”
White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

Commented May 11, 2014 at 10:02:02 in Politics

“Subsidies to "green" energy companies is no secret - most of which go bankrupt despite billions of dollars of taxpayer money to prop them up. And there's also a Grand Canyon's worth of difference in the relative benefits provided to society between that sector of the industry and the fossil fuels sector”
White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

Commented May 11, 2014 at 09:56:07 in Politics

“Maybe so. But they also provide goods and services that are virtually invaluable to our society. Not so of the "green" companies that have gone belly up after accepting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.”

Polar Shift on May 11, 2014 at 21:23:44

“Green energy is booming, bunky. Try a little research. Solyndra is a drop in the budgetary basket, and in fact, was a bushie selection. Green energy, adn renewables are the only options that have any PAYBACK on the investment. Not to mention it is easier on the environment, which, if you've noticed, is taking a nosedive.”
White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

Commented May 11, 2014 at 09:54:19 in Politics

“I'm quite aware of that. But I'm also aware of the benefits to society that their work provides. Other than a few DNC cronies, who did Solyndra benefit?”
White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

Commented May 9, 2014 at 21:43:52 in Politics

“Except that the government makes more money per gallon of gas than the oil companies do.”

Polar Shift on May 10, 2014 at 12:58:08

“You have a problem with maintaining roads?”
Mekhi Phifer Files For Bankruptcy, Reportedly $1.3 Million In Debt

Mekhi Phifer Files For Bankruptcy, Reportedly $1.3 Million In Debt

Commented May 9, 2014 at 20:36:53 in Celebrity

“You mean not the guy doing lines of coke in the men's room with $100 bills?”
Mekhi Phifer Files For Bankruptcy, Reportedly $1.3 Million In Debt

Mekhi Phifer Files For Bankruptcy, Reportedly $1.3 Million In Debt

Commented May 9, 2014 at 20:34:41 in Celebrity

“Just another poor sap chewed up and spit out by the cruel, fickle entertainment industry. The Hollywood power players pluck someone out of obscurity because they have a certain "look", hype them up with awards and good press, make millions off these people (while paying them relatively little), then kick them to the curb with no regard for their well being. For every Brad Pitt in Hollywood, there are thousands of Mekhi Pfifers. They paid the kid who played the terrorist in Captain Phillips $60,000, gave him an Oscar nomination (I can't remember if he won), and now they'll hope he just fades away and goes back to bagging groceries. When the phone don't ring, kid, you'll know it's your "friends" in LA-LA Land. Oh...and when they end up in financial difficulty, TMZ will be there with the cameras so we can all laugh at their misfortune and make more money off them!”
Gywneth Paltrow Defends Controversial Comments About Working Mothers

Gywneth Paltrow Defends Controversial Comments About Working Mothers

Commented May 9, 2014 at 20:04:51 in Celebrity

“Except when those 14 hour days only last a few weeks out of an entire year and you collect $20 million +”

DovS on May 10, 2014 at 05:10:22

“Exactly. That's why she said she tries to make working on films the exception and mostly just do 9-to-5 work. (Although I don't know what she does as 9-to-5 work.)”
White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

Commented May 9, 2014 at 19:47:14 in Politics

“The solar industry gets their money the old-fashioned way: Cronyism and kickbacks all with taxpayer dollars.”

donquijoterocket on May 10, 2014 at 12:46:54

“You're going to have to show us all that what you say is true and where the solar equivalent of the oil depletion allowance figures in.Even if what you claim were true I don't see how it would be any different than what's been happening with the fossil fuel industry for decades.”

BenC460 on May 9, 2014 at 23:11:27

“I guess you are unaware that Exxon gets 4 billion, yes billion with a b every year in subsidies. And that's just one oil company.”

Polar Shift on May 9, 2014 at 20:49:16

“That's how oil companies do it.”
White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

Commented May 9, 2014 at 19:44:02 in Politics

“That may be so; the presidency is always about style and personality. But it'll be a good while before the democrats gain control of the House and Senate again after this November.”

JAF54 on May 10, 2014 at 00:27:31

“Try 2016...when Republicans have to defend 24 seats in the Senate...the Dems? 10.......should be a real blast....”
White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

White House Solar Panels Are Finally Up

Commented May 9, 2014 at 19:25:55 in Politics

“I don't know one single person who is "opposed" to solar energy. We're opposed to the pie-in-the-sky nonsense that it could ever replace conventional methods of producing electricity. I think it's good they're on the white house and I think building codes should require them in new construction all across the country. But too many people just aren't very realistic about the limitations of "green" energy.”

juliet marilynne on May 10, 2014 at 19:41:09

“"We're opposed to the pie-in-the-sky nonsense that it could ever replace conventional methods of producing electricity."

yup. let's not try anything new. let's keep pumping the nonrenewable resource out of the ground and not bother to fund something that has virtually unlimited potential if PROPERLY AND SERIOUSLY funded.

meanwhile other countries that "get it" will develop methods and patents that, if we don't rip them off directly, will have to pay for while as usual we 'catch up'.

'pie-in-the-sky' is nonsense. solar IS here and it IS viable. we just need to bypass the naysayers and status quo lovers and try something new. heck, they just flew an airplane for 24 hours [not in 'the greatest country in the world' of course] on solar power.

time was we INNOVATED in this country but i guess since the oil companies say 'no'.....”

donquijoterocket on May 10, 2014 at 13:06:58

“But too many people just aren't very realistic about the limitations of "green" energy. That particularly includes opponents and those less than thrilled by the idea.As a replacement no. As an adjunct yes even though I believe that on an appropriate scale they will replace fossilfuelburning methods ofgeneration.”

lhoffman5 on May 9, 2014 at 23:47:07

“Agreed; WE need a combination of Oil, Gas, Coal, Solar, Thermal, Wind, and if a way can be found to bury the wastes Nuclear Power. Between them we have, in this Country, sufficient energy to last us at least 400 years. And, by them I am sure that humans will have come up with something better.
Biggest part of the problem, as I see it, is this; The fossil fuel people and in particularly the Koch brothers need to STOP spending so much money on ads, media, Lobbyists, Secret political campaigns, and the purchase of so many State and Federal politicians.

Perhaps if the Koch boys et al; would have spent, over the last thirty years, ALL of that money on actually FINDING a way to make coal clean, we would be able to mine and use the stuff in relative safety! But why do the right thing when you can BUY the WRONG thing?”
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