Utah lawmakers propose $4,000 salary stipends for special ed teachers

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  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 9:17 a.m.

    This quote tells you all you need to know about how out of touch the legislature is:

    "What I'm finding out is most of the students who move to Utah State (University) or Logan and complete the degree don't stay in Utah because they can leave the state of Utah and make so much more in other states. "

    You are just now finding this out?

    No wonder we can't get anyone to take these jobs. Hardest work you will ever do for very low pay.

    Ridiculous.

  • VA Saint Colonial Heights, VA
    Nov. 9, 2017 10:47 a.m.

    Not only should Special Education teachers get an increased stipend, but so should general education teachers. We are in the classroom with 30-35+ students; many of them with an IEP, 504, ELL, emotional and behavioral issues, etc. General Education teachers may as well have a Special Education credential, as much as we work with the students in our Special Education population.

  • mark99 LINDON, UT
    Nov. 9, 2017 10:04 a.m.

    Such a joke, we pay those who do the most - the least. Add another zero to the increase for teachers, paramedics, fire-fighters. Those in charge make more than teachers, that is upside down, how about a salary swap for a year. The legislators are so out of touch.

  • GEAnthony RAMAH, NM
    Nov. 9, 2017 7:10 a.m.

    I spent 35 years teaching in 2 Utah Jr. High schools. I was asked to substitute once during my consultation period one special ed. class. $4,000 is not enough. My step daughter has taught spec. ed. for three yearsd and is burning out fast. Give it to them!!

  • moes1 salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 8, 2017 7:50 p.m.

    It's not only pay, it's classroom size too. I have a relative who has taught sp ed for 3 years right out of college and she has said that this is the last year because it is just TOO MUCH. Her class size is way too big to meet the challenges of the kids. She loves it but she goes home every night totally exhausted. She said it simply is not worth it. Basically the state has burned out another willing teacher!

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Nov. 8, 2017 3:29 p.m.

    You can't train and keep good talent with out decent compensation. The days of teaching or nursing for Utah wages that are sub par to the surrounding area are finished.