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SCHOOLS: Blame the state, not teachers

Letter by Kevin D. Milliren, Orting on Aug. 22, 2011 at 9:48 am | 7 Comments »
August 22, 2011 2:21 pm

Re: “Contract reflects greed of teachers” (letter, 8-21).

Why is it that we expect teachers to provide a quality education for the future workers and leaders of our country, but it angers us when they asked to be paid for doing this important job?

Maybe instead of judging teachers when they ask to be paid, we should take a closer look at our legislators and the state funding model. I have watched as my wife, a National Board Certified teacher, and her peers put hours of their personal time and money back into the education system in order to provide the quality education they feel their students deserve. In return they receive pay cuts and criticism.

Teacher pay has been cut several times over the past five years. First cost-of-living increases, then paid training days and now a 1.9 percent cut. The total is well over 3 percent – all of this with no reduction in days or responsibilities as other state workers received.

Class sizes are increasing across the state because the class-size funding was also cut during the last legislative session.

Why should teachers and school districts bear the burden when the state cuts into the “children’s fund” and refuses to adequately fund education for Washington students? It’s time to get informed and involved with helping our children and their teachers.

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