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Survey: Teachers unhappy with school system

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When it comes to choosing a career, finding a balance between personal satisfaction and financial stability can be a difficult task.

Most teachers will tell you that balance does not exist.

Michigan teachers were recently surveyed on the state of their schools. While most feel their job makes the world a better place, they argued they are paid like their jobs don't matter.

Michigan teachers said they are dissed, devalued and demeaned, according to a new survey of Michigan school perceptions.

More than 11,000 teachers were included in the survey and it unveiled some shocking revelations.

Eric Kennedy, teacher, said things need to change.

"I believe the state and federal government are making this an issue. The number of hoops we have to jump through, they want test scores to come up. The way they are going about it is much more punitive than a growth model," Kennedy said.

The American Federation of Teachers in Michigan and the Michigan Education Association released results of an online survey. The results drew a chilling picture of education in Michigan.

Some of the top issues were compensation, along with standardized testing and evaluations.

More than 80 percent of teachers said they are under compensated and over half of the teachers surveyed said they do not feel financially capable of retirement.

"We are just concerned that when we retire that our rate to retirement is going to be so low that we cannot afford the cost of living," Kennedy said.

The survey unearthed the widespread discontent among public school employees. Without the help of funding and better policies, some of the teachers said the state's public school system is heading into a crisis.

"The more that we get micromanaged, the more that they impose rules upon us, you are driving away good teachers," Kennedy said.

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