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The best way to show appreciation to
teachers is by giving them more checks
by Nathan'ette Burdine: May 12, 2018

The best way to show appreciation to teachers is by giving them a raise. Teachers need more money for all they have to put up with. They have to put up with bad children, their bad parents, other teachers, the principal, the superintendent, the school board, and having to worry about whether lil’ Bobby is going to light the school up.

There’s no doubt that a teacher’s job isn’t what it use to be 20-years-ago. The job is more stressful and a teacher is more likely today to die from either a heart attack or a gun shot wound before he/she reaches 35.

Teachers don’t have the life expectancy they use to. Hell, teachers back in the pioneer age lived longer; even with all of that cholera and other shit they didn’t have anti-biotics for.

It was rough back then, but not as rough as it is now. Teachers have to take on two to three jobs. Some of them even have to resort to selling drugs, selling women and men, or selling themselves.

Y’all know I’m not lying. It’s a shame though. All that time spent in college and you end up on the stroll with someone who barely has an elementary education.

But that’s how it is for teachers. It’s hard out there. They can’t make it on those few nickels and dimes the state throws at them. Those public education checks just don’t do.

According to the folks over at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the teachers', in the U.S. of A, yearly average pay is just $58,780.

I know there are those of you who are saying, “That’s a lot of money. I don’t make that much in two years.”

Yeah, but when you look at where a teacher lives and whether he/she qualify for public assistance like y’all who make $20,000 a year, y’all will find that the average pay isn’t enough to make ends meet.

Take for instance a teacher who lives in Oklahoma. The average yearly pay for teachers in The Sooner State is just $42,000 compared to the average yearly pay of $80,000 for teachers working in The Empire State (NY).

Shawn Sheehan, the 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, was quoted by the folks over at NPR as saying about the low pay in his state of Oklahoma, “Sure, life can be done on $400, $450/month, but I would challenge others out there to buy diapers, groceries and all things that you need for a family of three on $400.”

As a result of the poor pay, Sheehan has decided to cross the border over to The Lone Star State of Texas.

Texas does pay more than Oklahoma. Texas pays its teachers on average $51,758 compared to Oklahoma’s pay of $44,921. The sadness in all of this is even when the teachers’ pay in both states’ are adjusted for the cost of living in each state, Oklahoma’s pay for its teachers under the adjusted living cost falls below Texas’ actual pay for its teachers.

Under the adjusted living cost in Oklahoma , teachers would make $51,515 and as y’all can see that is lower than the $51,758 teachers make on average during the year in Texas.

After Texas factors in the adjusted living cost for its teachers, the pay increases to $56,137.

Therefore, a person can see why Sheehan would want to cross the border and head into Texas where he’ll make enough money to provide for himself and his family.

Now…as good as this adjusted cost of living business looks, it isn’t good for everybody. Take The Empire State (NY) and The Golden State (CA) as examples.

In New York and California, the adjusted cost of living is considerably lower than what the teachers are paid. New York pays its teachers $77,957, but when the adjusted cost of living is factored in that pay drops down to $58,004. California pays its teachers $72,842, but that drops down to $57,628 when adjusted cost of living is added into the equation.

Washington D.C., is another place where it wouldn’t benefit to add adjusted cost of living. In D.C. , teachers are paid $75,810 but that drops to $57,432 with adjusted cost of living.

So, everything depends upon location, location, location. What may be good for one, may not be good for all.

The only way to help out the poor teachers is to come up with a better system whereby the federal government works with the states to offset any losses they may have due to an increase in the teachers’ pay.

Hopefully, the states’ legislatures and Congress will work something out. Until then, write a teacher a check to show him/her how much you appreciate them teaching and taking y’all’s bad ass children off of y’all’s hands for eight hours a day.

The teachers desperately need it and they will appreciate it.

The information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is based on data from 2017.

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