Settle on 10 percent

Published 10:12 pm Tuesday, March 28, 2017

To the editor:

I think it is wonderful that students have been protesting for teachers to get a raise.

As someone whose mother was a teacher who continues to work for Suffolk Public Schools and has a stepsister whose also a teacher, I wholeheartedly agree that teachers should get a raise.

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Some people disagree, saying teachers do not deserve a raise because of Suffolk’s low accreditation rate. However, a proper raise might give teachers more motivation to get their school’s accreditation back.

Teaching is a job that is taxing and one that not everyone can do. Teachers have to deal with disrespectful kids, while trying to give them the bare essentials of education. It can be a rigorous job.

The School Board decided to give the superintendent a 13-percent increase, while giving teachers a measly 2 percent. They should decide on a proper amount of raise that would satisfy both parties, such as 10 percent.

As much as teachers work, especially the ones who are passionate about their jobs, it would be a crime not to give them a raise.

Jon Hall