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Letter: Taxpayers can’t afford what teachers demand

Taxpayers can’t afford what teachers demand

No one is against teachers and administrators getting an adequate salary, but these professionals pay very little toward their health insurance, have extremely profitable pensions and, when the stock market is in a decline, the taxpayers make must make up the difference. Teachers also have tenure, so those who are not up to speed cannot lose their jobs and, furthermore, get yearly salary increments. Teachers work nine months. They claim they work hard, and most do, but that is also the case in most other segments of the workforce.

This, however, is not the case in the private sector, where tenure is absurd. If you do not perform, you lose your job, and employees do not get yearly increments equal to teachers. They also pay approximately 50 percent toward their health insurance, and work 12 months, with a few weeks’ vacation.

Why compare? Private sector employee benefits depend on the profits and loss of the company. Teacher benefits are carved in stone, and taxpayers pay for these increases, many of whom are on fixed incomes.

Administrators claim these increasing taxes are for the children, but that is not the case. A perfect example was when the Clarence music department gave a presentation of suffering children because the department was understaffed; yet within a half hour, the administration was voted a sizable raise.

What recourse do we have? Unfortunately, we must keep voting “no” on the budget, until they realize that our taxes should “go for the children” first. We cannot afford to keep paying for employee luxuries that are not in line with the private sector, and we must vote for impartial board members who do not rubber-stamp these luxuries. will provide more information.

Ellie Corcoran