Abby Zimet

A new study has found that good teachers are good guys who do good work for kids and society at large - less than startling news, especially in Pennsylvania, where teachers are saving the day. Told there was no money for salaries thanks to budget cuts by GOP Gov. Tom Corbett - who slashed education funds by almost a billion dollars but kept in place corporate tax breaks - unionized teachers at a school district serving mostly poor black kids have voted to keep working for free "as long as we are individually able." The district has already begged Corbett in vain for more money, laid off almost half its staff and withheld approved pay hikes from its teachers. Goethe on teaching: "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming."

"It's alarming. It's disturbing. But we are adults; we will make a way. The students don't have any contingency plan. They need to be educated, so we intend to be on the job." - teacher Sara Ferguson

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