@ 2bitsI am from Utah, was raised here, and live here now. We have
different definitions of a living wage. By living wage, I mean enough to raise
a family on teaching and nothing else. This used to be possible. It no longer
is. How can we expect a teacher to make the sacrifices required to
excel in a very difficult environment if a teacher cannot raise a family on the
income? Teaching is not a part time gig; it is a profession and should be paid
as such and should provide enough money to raise a family, send one’s
children to college, have family vacations, put a little money aside, and maybe
help those children get into a home. I know that it is difficult to
find such employment generally outside of teaching. I find it difficult myself.
However, that is something we have brought on ourselves by the neoliberal
economy we have created for ourselves. It is not a reason to begrudge those
teaching our children a modest but dignified lifestyle in return for the
important work they do for us.
@dolceRE: "I am not a teacher, but I would suspect not being paid a
living wage has something to do with it"...---You're also
not from Utah, so not sure you're qualified to judge us.They
are paid a "living wage".Google "Living Wage in
Utah"...---Living Wage Calculation for Salt Lake County, UtahHourly Wages1 Adult 1 Adult 1 ChildLiving Wage$11.93 $24.59Google "What is average income for teachers in Utah"...---"Average Elementary School Teacher Yearly Salary in Utah. Elementary
School Teachers earn an average yearly salary of $54,180. Salaries typically
start from $32,530 and go up to $80,590".Google "What is the
middle class income in Utah?"...---"Pew Research says the
middle class runs from $42,000 to $125,000. They define middle as a household of
three with an income that falls between two-thirds and double the median
income.Oct 26, 2017"...The Truth...-Teachers are paid a
"living wage".-Teachers are paid a middle-class salary ($32,530 up
to $80,590). Which is OK.Teachers work 181 days/year. Most
Americans work 245 days. They get paid the same as people who work 245
days/year. Not all bad.
I think exit-interviews are a good idea. We need to know WHY they are leaving.
That's something we need to know.I think it's equally
important to have entry-interviews (in college, before they even graduate). To
see why they are getting into the profession, and if they understand the pay
scale, and understand it's not a high paying job, before they even get into
it. Just so they aren't shocked when they get there... and quit.We need to make sure everybody's expectations are based on reality. If
not... they aren't going to be happy.
I don't know how they get anyone to be a teacher. There isn't enough
money to get me to do it. With the popularity of false sexual assault accusation
in this country it just baffles me why anyone would even consider the job.
I agree with Rep. Thurston that the School Board should have established an exit
survey itself but since the Legislature sets the budget they have every reason
to do so as well. I also agree that the options listed by @Fullypresent are
going to feature prominently in the survey results. On the other hand, the
survey should provide more solid data around which to make policy adjustments to
fix the problems - assuming the legislature and/or school board figure out how
to make use of the data.
Fullypresent, what else is there? How about too much legislation being passed
from the top down telling teachers how to do their job by people that
aren't in the classroom?
I am not a teacher, but I would suspect not being paid a living wage has
something to do with it.
I don't know...let's waste time and money and pass a bill that will
tell us what we already know!
Why do they need a survey?Too big of classrooms, too little support from
parents, pay, lack of respect for their profession, too much time spent on
having to test kids. What else is there?
How about requiring a check box option with; "Lack of respect and funding
from Utah lawmakers". I'm betting that'll be the #1 answer.