‘Union members’ doesn’t cover it

By From page A6 | November 27, 2012

In his recent letter, Jeff Boone identifies the problem with school spending as being spending increases that go to “union members” rather than student improvement. By “union members,” Boone must mean “teachers.”

I’ve rarely read or heard of anyone thinking that teachers are overpaid; in fact, one of the challenges facing our schools is the recruitment and retention of teachers, since many young people refuse to work such long hours for such low wages.

Indeed, increasing salaries is one way to improve student learning. You get what you pay for.

I invite Boone to compare teachers’ salaries with those of any other profession that requires more than five years of academic work and demands such hours. Methinks “union members” is not an entirely accurate moniker for the people who teach our children, day in and day out, with professionalism, dedication and grace.

Kristi Kraemer


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