February 21st, 2011
08:37 AM ET

Teachers in upstate N.Y. talk, take pay freeze

Call it the "tale of two states." Protests in Wisconsin against Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget cuts continue today, but teachers in another U.S. school district are taking a different approach.

Educators in one New York school district are being applauded by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for agreeing to a one-year salary freeze - even though they were due a pay raise - to make up for state budget shortfalls during tough economic times. With the pay freeze, the district can keep class sizes small and half as many teachers will lose their jobs.

Monday on "American Morning," T.J. Holmes spoke with John Christian, math teacher and president of the West Genesee Teachers Association, and Chris Brown, the West Genesee School District superintendent. He asked why their school district was able to come to a compromise where others haven't.

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    I'D rather have a pay freeze then being walked out the door..

    February 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bookfinder

    New York talked to the teachers, Wisconsin didn't. New York didn't take away the teachers right to bargain away from them, Wisconsin did- not just teachers, but all public employees. That's the difference.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ajani

    Wow. In Georgoia there has been a pay has been frozen for three years (although they did raise health insurance cost in each of those three years). But bookfinder is right this is not just about money.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hfrankjr

    And how about North Syracuse? They did this weeks ago! And Liverpool? Sorry, I just don't accept your rationale.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mrs sippy

    wow im impressed! Way to go new york!

    February 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jon

    What a brain-dead article.

    It's all about collective bargaining rights. The NY teachers didn't lose that, the Wisconsin teachers did.

    I'm impressed that cnn hires the mentally impaired, but I wish you'd find them a better job than writing these type of articles.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    Call it anything you want, CNN, but comparing Wisconsin's situation with N.Y.'S situation is comparing cheese to apples. Different altogether (although a piece of cheddar does go well with a slice of apple pie!)

    February 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Field reporter/correspondent

    This just in : banasy is a hermaphadite / breaking news flash.com

    February 22, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
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