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In response to a recent letter regarding the excellent pay, benefits and retirement package that teachers in Colorado currently have, I must say bunk.
My daughter has been teaching for just over 20 years. For what teachers do for the students, their pay is a disgrace. In 1997 I had been on my job as a computer operator for 15 years and was earning $10,000 per year more than my daughter makes now. I have been retired for 18 years and I still make $3,000 more than my daughter does now. And she has to buy supplies her students need out of her net pay.
I seriously doubt that these critical letter writers ever used his personal income to purchase supplies for wherever they worked unless they owned the company. As to retirement, PERA may or may not be viable when she is eligible to retire. Folks that are critical of teachers are the reason this state ranks 46th in teacher pay and overall education. If they think teachers have it so good, they should go get a job teaching. Get back to us in three or four years and tell us how it all worked out. To them I say, “Judge not lest ye also be judged.” Walk a mile in the teachers shoes and see how they fit.
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