Leigh Campbell-Hale’s guest editorial arguing for BVSD teacher raises was not only flawed, but ironically it was elitist.
First, the lament that the average teacher’s salary is in the mid-50,000 range needs to be normalized to a full work year.
Let’s assume teachers get two months off in the summer. That puts the equivalent salary in the mid-60′s. Second, the complaint of paying between $536 to $1125 a month for insurance is moot in that most of us pay more than that. Third, and selfish of me, is that not only did I not get a raise this year but I also had my retirement benefits cut (match to my 401K benefits was eliminated). I believe BVSD employees get pensions, which is something I will never see in my career.
It appears to me that Teacher Campbell-Hale describes a compensation scneario that is more than fair, compared to what many of us in the non-union work forces are facing. I am not sure what justifies her use of the word outrage. I am in turn outraged that taxpayers are funding good, stable jobs for people who have the audacity to stage sick-outs at the end of the school year.
We would all love to see teachers paid more, as we also would like to be paid more, but please drop the self-righteous declaration of “starvation level wages”.