These teachers deserve more

By From page A6 | December 26, 2013

If Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s revered “Miracle Worker” teacher, were alive today and employed by the Yolo County Office of Education to teach students much like Helen Keller, she would have the worst health care package of any public teachers’ group in California.

At the top salary of her career, she would be paid about $5,000 less than her teaching colleagues in the Davis Joint Unified School District, and about $14,000 less than teachers with the same credentials employed by the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Very few people invest the effort, time and money to get the training that enables them to empower children with severe disabilities to realize their full potential. It is inexcusable that YCOE special education teachers (and their families) are compensated so poorly for dedicating their lives to making sure disabled children in Yolo County get the education they need.

Ann Driemeyer

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