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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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