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SCHOOLS: Families pay for those furlough days

Letter by Lisa K. Johnston, Federal Way on May 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm with No Comments »
May 7, 2012 2:38 pm

How is it that the collective memory is so short that the impending furlough days for the next several school years is forgotten by most? (There are 3.5 in the Federal Way School District for each of the next two years.)

Parents will have to arrange something for seven half-days of early dismissal; there’s no other way to still fulfill the “180 school day” requirement.

Just how much IS a pay cut of 3.5 days for schoolteachers? ( Do the math: Take what you’re currently earning in yearly gross pay, divide by 180, then multiply by 3.5. A significant number of us will get a cut in pay, and then another the following year.

What about all the classified folks who are paid hourly? Many of these folks already earn less than livable wages.

I don’t know a solution to this, and the greater fiscal problems our state faces; but there’s GOT to be a better way. My bills haven’t gone down.

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