Monday, July 18, 2011

Teachers Should Learn From Football Players

Given the continuing budget crises affecting the states and the nation, public education will face a few difficult years.  One can expect every state to lay off scores, if not hundreds, of teachers.

Sports Illustrated reports that the National Football League's Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith faced a similar situation with the National Football League (NFL) lockout.
From the moment he was elected executive director of the NFL Players Association in March 2009,  DeMaurice Smith always took the long view when it came to negotiations with the owners on a new collective bargaining agreement. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.
It's one of the reasons that slightly more than a year ago he received approval from the executive committee to secure insurance that would pay each player roughly $200,000 if there were no football in 2011.
Thankfully, it looks as if there will be football in 2011.  Since the situation seems a bit less optimistic for teachers,the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) should undertake similar long term thinking and investigate buying similar "lay off" insurance for their members.

Let's be clear, I don't want a $200,000 policy.  According to Business Week, the average NFL salary in the National Football League is $1.9 million and the median salary is $770,000.  South Dakota teachers average somewhere between $40,000 and $45,000 per year.  A quick guess is that a comparable policy for South Dakota teachers would pay out about $8,000 to $10,000 to a laid off teacher.

I don't know what such policies cost or how one goes about getting them, but I thought that's why I pay dues.  I know I'd sooner have an insurance policy like NFL players have.  It would be far more valuable than that discount card that I've never used.

1 comment:

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