"can most certainly be fired for things other than non-performance and just how many teachers do you know that make 6 figures? "
-Why when the rest of working force is getting fired for non-performance, teachers are such exception? Is not it in a contract that you have to perfoem your job satisfactorily to have a job or you are out? Or they bargained to remove even this essential point of any employment contract? Wow, I did not know that they went that far, then I am more correct than I knew before. There are many teachers who are having 6 digits income even in our very economically depressed region. People mention it all the time about some neighbors or somebody else, most people are pretty disgusted with the fact that in addition to very high income, teachers also do not pay a dime for their health benefits, retire at the "ancient" age of 55 with ton of pension money and health benefits continue and many of them continue working at some other jobs (I know personally several that do). These money are coming from taxpayers' pockets, not private employers and not from mysterious "Obama stash" as some believe, and taxpayers' pockets are not deep at all, we are driving on the holes in our roads, somehow these holes are not fixed, I wonder why.