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Why are teachers only ones asked to make concessions?

With regard to the teachers of (Nevada Joint Union High School District) taking a 5 percent pay cut in order to preserve student programs and classroom budgets, why is it that teachers are the only ones in the district being asked to make concessions?

The teachers may be the largest paid group in the district, but do we want to punish them with less take-home pay because they are the ones on the front line in the classroom every day, working directly with the students? We should be taking the money from other sources and giving it to teachers, who now have to guard chalk like it was gold, or wish they had spent the little money their programs get in the beginning of the year before it was frozen. “That’ll teach ya” to be fiscally responsible and dole your classroom budget out over the year.

I say let us ask every person who works for the district – yes, every person – to take a pay cut and maybe it would only have to be 2 or 3 percent. It is time to stop beating down the teachers who give so much every day, but who now have been made the burden carriers of this district.

Peggie Stevenson

Lake of the Pines

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