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TEACHERS: TNT wrong to link to salaries

Letter by Mariah L. Neighbors, Puyallup on May 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm | 3 Comments »
May 9, 2011 3:02 pm

It was completely inappropriate of you to provide a link to the state database of teacher salaries (TNT, 5-1). Yes, it must be public record because we are state employees and therefore legal to do so. But ethically, it was an extremely poor choice. On the first hand, the state’s education budget is thoroughly scrutinized over every penny spent.

When people are shown what each individual makes it looks as if we are making outrageous numbers. But when our salaries are compared to those of people with similar education and training requirements, we are grossly underpaid.

Please leave it to professionals to determine what our salaries should be, not disgruntled taxpayers. And please honor people’s privacy a little more. Did you stop to think that there may be teachers out there who have genuine needs to keep their finances private? We deserve a little more respect than this. Maybe you should have thought about just publishing the general salary schedule by district, rather than by individuals’ names.

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