THIS article about how they're scrambling to hire teachers before the school year. It never occurs to them that when there's a shortage of something, generally the price has to increase to accommodate the demand. It makes sense with widgets, we see it in the supply chain, and it makes sense with labor, too.
I looked at becoming a teacher in San Francisco, and got accepted into a student teaching program where you get paid while getting your credential. The kicker? Your pay was $55K a year and you had to pay $500 a month (via a payroll deduction) for the program. And the real kicker? June and July weren't paid at all. Someone at the orientaation asked what they were supposed to do without any pay for two whole months - if there was any assistance available - and was told, no. No there is not.
I told them where to shove it - I'd be living in a cardboard box. It's an abysmal package, especially in a city where the average 2-bedroom apartment will run you $54,000 a year in rent.
I'm so over the hand-wringing. Link to Article Below:
If you make payments through ChangEd or Plastiq, which I apparently did during the pandemic, refunds can't be requested from your servicer - you have to get them on the phone with you to request the refunds.
Not a big deal, but I'd make about $400 of payments during the pandemic that, now that $10K of forgiveness is being seriously contemplated, I wanted to know if they would be refundable (I have less than $10K remaining). And basically, the answer is no, unless I get the 3rd parties on the phone with me. So, I thought I'd put that out there that this could be yet another reason to not issue payments through a 3rd party platform.