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Majority Of Teachers Need Part Time Jobs To Meet Bills

April 19, 2018

When Democrats wonder what issues might be stressed as the mid-term elections near there is one issue that has percolated up the list.  That is educational needs of the nation, and the way to best retain and pay for professional teachers.

I was stunned this week to read in the newspapers about a new survey of teachers which revealed the depth of “financial strain” classroom professionals face.  This is 2018 in the United States!

The results show high levels of college debt, stagnation of already subpar pay, increasing housing and childcare costs, rising health insurance premiums and prescription costs, and escalating out-of-pocket expenses for their own classroom supplies.

That latter item is one that I simply do not understand.  I was talking with a teacher who told me of a requirement to buy chalk for the classroom.  My very quick response was that in short order if I were the teacher the students would learn to take notes!   No one should be required to furnish supplies for their job.

More than half of the respondents resorted to second jobs to try to close the gap between what their teaching jobs paid versus their actual cost of living.  This issue is ripe for the mid-terms as we  seek ways for our country to be more competitive with others who do value the importance of high math and science skills from graduates.

The sad truth is financial austerity that has driven governments at all levels to skimp on education has found the chickens are now coming home to roost.  Many states not only report a lack of workers but more importantly a lack of skilled workers.  Not just skilled in certain avenues such as welding or computing, but in the ability to think and reason.   It is those last two essentials, which start in the elementary schools and continue through high school, which this nation so lacks.

Therefore, pressing for increased funding and support for schools and teachers needs to be stressed by Democratic candidates in the mid-terms.

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