When I first started teaching online, we got real checks in the mail. Or at least we were supposed to. I worked for three months before I ever saw a penny. It was a little disheartening, but I really felt sorry for those people who had given up full-time jobs to teach online full-time. On the other hand, when I finally DID get a check, it was a very large one. Sort of like getting an income tax refund check......you KNOW they've been just hoarding your money all year, but it's still nice to get it.
Then they went to a system where the state paid a local education service agency, and they paid us as if we worked for them. They even started having direct deposit. Imagine that, in the online world! It has worked flawlessly. We get our checks on the right date, and they even......get this.....let us know how our pay is calculated and how much we're going to get! I'm serious!
Now we have received some paperwork that we have to fill out and send back to the state department of education. Because they are going to take over paying us. Ummmmm....... those were the people who couldn't pay us on time before. And every time anyone complained, the message we got was, "It's the state department; they have much bigger fish to fry than a few lowly teachers." Hmph. I'll bet the state superintendent wasn't waiting on HER check.
I guess I'll just have to get back to the point where I expected nothing, and when a check DID arrive, it was a nice surprise.