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Teachers low wage causes disruption to their life and students

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Bianca Gichimu, News Writer

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    Teachers throughout America are protesting to get enough pay to sustain themselves. It has come to a point that educators cannot even afford housing in some states such as Florida, where rent is so expensive. There are many ideas as to go about this issue, from officials committing millions of dollars to build affordable housing, charter schools trying to create a teacher’s village which is also some form of affordable housing.

 

     Some even think the solution is to have the teachers live in school. For instance, Miami-Dade County is working on a project to build houses for teachers right on the school campus or near their area of work. Mrs. Dickson, a teacher from Higley High school says, “It’s better to pay educators a better wage so we can afford our own housing.” Not many teachers support this idea because they don’t want to feel limited in their life even though the idea is very thoughtful.

 

     Dade County want 300 apartments going up on the campus which public teachers can afford but if there are leftovers, people outside of the school system can rent in it. Housing and Urban Development are the ones helping Miami- Dade achieve their goal with affordable housing. They think this will decrease the teachers reduction rate. Teachers have come together enough that they are able to prevail and be taken seriously. Mrs. Dickson, a teacher in Higley High school adds, “So basically to be homeless….can’t afford housing, it’ll be terrible”. But just because the high rent issue affects some states, teachers from all over America are protesting for a raise.   

 

     Arizona governor, Doug Ducey promised an increase in payment for Arizona teachers. The average wage for Arizona teachers is $45,506 a year and the governor’s plan is to let Arizona’s school districts pay their teachers more by an increase of 2 percent, which will also amount for $900 more for a year. There has been so many teacher shortages that the country is really trying to keep teachers. Arizona accounts for the most severe because they are forced to hire less qualified teachers for the job for a long period of time due to desperation caused by lack of teachers.

 

    Students are not learning what they need to and that also causes stress for the school districts. It’s all because this job payment is so low that trying to afford basic needs is a challenge. This problem needs to be addressed and that is why many teachers protested for a change. This will definitely raise awareness because society should not lose teachers due to low payment.

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