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Re: ‘Better alternatives to cutting teachers’ pay’

Letter writer Judy Faker has to know the state of California is suffering financial problems and there is a lot of pain to spread around. I’d like to point out that teachers work about 180 days a year, as opposed to most ordinary Californians who work about 230 days a year.

And teacher’s salaries are commensurate with other salaries for similar work. ($32,000 to $55,000 a year for college-educated employees). It seems to me that about once a month, my children stay home so teachers can attend a “staff development day.” I know of no other business that shuts down for staff training. In fact, most businesses require employees maintain their own education on their time – after work and on weekends.

Her statement that Nevada County is one of the best high school districts in California is disingenuous. Of course it is -this is one of the most homogeneous counties in California. There are no major drug, welfare, gang or language problems in Nevada County.



I might feel a bit more sympathetic to her plea if the local high schools took their responsibilities more seriously. Instead of applauding yourself for teaching in what is probably the most stress-free county in California, I’d try focusing on communication with parents when the student is not performing adequately. My suggestion is furlough days should fall on “staff development days.”

John B. Egan




Grass Valley


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