Letter to the Editor: Teacher Considers Leaving PUSD, Cites Low Pay and Disrespect by Administration

first_img For the first time in 15 years, I am considering leaving PUSD. I love my school and my students, but I have never felt so disrespected by administration. Teachers in PUSD are already some of the lowest paid in the county (43 out of 47). So, to be told that the district has not set aside any money for salary increases—in a year in which it is receiving an unprecedented amount of funding and in which it has a $10 million surplus in the budget that is not allotted to any particular budget area or item—is a slap in the face. I am not a greedy teacher. I am a person whose bills are increasing while my paycheck has actually decreased. I am a person who is working harder due to the shift in state standards, a shift that came without proper support, training, and materials; I spend more time searching for appropriate learning materials that align with the new standards. As a teacher, I am not paid for this additional work. The only way to fairly compensate me and those like me is for PUSD to provide a fair salary increase. One great way to recruit—and, in my case, retain—qualified teachers is to pay a competitive salary, which PUSD currently does not. Six percent (6%)—when Glendale is providing eleven percent (11%)—is only enough to keep us treading water in the same spot in the county rankings. The vacancy list for PUSD has been a long one this year and will only continue to grow as the salary gap between PUSD and other districts widens. I love my school and my students, but I have to also be practical and consider how I can continue to work for administration that doesn’t respect those working with students in the classroom.Karen KobeyTeacher, Wilson Middle School faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Opinion & Columnists Letter to the Editor: Teacher Considers Leaving PUSD, Cites Low Pay and Disrespect by Administration By KAREN KOBEY Published on Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 6:40 pm Make a comment Community Newscenter_img 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Herbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About RihannaHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img

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