The teaching profession has long been known as the one of the most under-paid lines of work in America. The tenured professors are not part of the salary deprived, we’re talking about the elementary through high school teachers. As arduous contract negotiations goes on between the local school district and teachers over a proposed 5.5% pay cut, this very well could affect more than just these two combatants. It’s unconscionable for anyone to expect our teachers to take a pay cut and take on more responsibility at the same time. There are many entities getting paid by tax dollars that deserve a cut in pay, hard-working teachers do not fall in that category.
Our local teachers are getting a double whammy, an increase in classroom size and the insulting pay cut. Davis schools are one of the main attractions for families that are relocating to our wonderful community. The likelihood many resident teachers will have to move outside of Davis because of the high cost of living is not acceptable. The reduction of salary and the increased classroom size will have a negative affect on the quality of education. One Willett Elementary teacher called for a freeze on spending and a suggested 1% salary reduction for all district employees. This is a much more reasonable alternative.
Trustees approved final layoff notices for teachers and other staffers who had received preliminary layoff notices in March. Those lost jobs will reduce the district’s 3.5 million budget deficit about 2.5 million. The reductions will also include the additional increase in classroom capacity. The State of California has had decades of unimaginable waste and this continues today. Our teachers and students should not be casualties in the states mismanagement. There are other departments in this state that can be abolished to cut the huge deficit, our youth and teachers had nothing to do with the ineptness that runs our state. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs, join my professional networks on Twitter and LinkedIn and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.