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Letter to the Editor: A teacher’s story


My mother became a public school teacher at age 19 in Missouri. After teaching most of the time, the Phi Beta Kappa graduate of CU retired in California at age 60. After she died in 1979 we went through her papers and found that her pay for her final year of teaching was $2800. In her later years teaching was not about money but about her life-long passion for educating children. By then my stepfather had a steady income, something most present day teachers do not have to rely on.

She would be greatly pleased to know that her great granddaughter has a master’s degree in education and is a public school teacher in Thornton. Married to another Thornton public school teacher, she is expecting their second child in July. They are typical of underpaid Colorado public school teachers who need and deserve higher pay.

Dick Sugg,


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