Teachers need, deserve
to earn a living wage
Re: “Kamala Harris proposes significant pay boost for teachers in first major policy plan of presidential campaign” (Eastbaytimes.com, March 27):
Kamala Harris’ proposal to invest federal dollars to raise teacher salaries has huge implications in the Bay Area where the living wage necessary to support a family of one adult and one child is around $82,900, compared to the average public school teacher salary of about $75,000. Oakland’s average teacher salary is $63,000.
Teachers are not making enough to support themselves — are not earning a living wage, as indicated by the uptick in teacher strikes here in Oakland and across the country. Increasing teacher pay is known to reduce teacher turnover and increase retention, which improves student achievement.
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Teachers are the economic backbone of our society and need to be supported.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics