When did teaching get this way? I work over 50-60 hours a week for my classroom. I have been doing this since the 70's. Countless dollars of my own spent so students can have a great hands on education. Most of my fellow teachers do the same. Yet, our school board and superintendent continue to treat us like we are something they stepped in and need to scrape off their shoe. My husband is in business. He works a lot fewer hours than me, and gets paid three times what I get paid. He receives kudos, respect, and knows that his boss thinks he is great. Our school board president is determined to strip us of our health benefits, our pensions, and any salary that would bring us up to a decent standard of living. We receive 8 sick days a year and can only use these for actually being sick. If we have a funeral to attend, we will be docked. One teacher's daughter lives out of state and the teacher wants to be with her when she has her baby. Can't go, not even without pay. For the death of a spouse we can only be out 5 days, and that is only if you have the days in your sickbank. We are unionized, too. So I don't see what I am paying union dues for, and it is a hefty chunk of change. What conditions do you have re:sick days??