Teachers could forego raise and bonus, with funds used to hire more teachers

Editor: After reading Brandon Southern’s letter which was published in The Times on June 17, I thought it took a lot of courage for him to write it, as he could be ostracized by some teachers for doing so.

I hope that will not be the case. However, after reading the response to his letter by Alexia Anastasiou (The Times, June 26), I feel compelled to write.

First, I feel very sorry for teachers with the present classroom conditions. The remedy seems logical.

Obviously, smaller class sizes are needed along with additional trained teachers for special needs students.

So why don’t the teachers forego some of the expensive benefits they are requesting, such as an enormous pay increase and $5,000 signing bonus?

Instead, the money could be used to hire more teachers.

Brandon Southern made a comment to this effect in his letter, and I am sure there are many others who would agree.

Somehow, the teachers don’t get it — but it would lighten their load in the classroom and, as a result, be beneficial to students.

Teachers keep saying they are on strike for students, not monetary gain. So this seems like a win-win situation to me.

Joy Stadnyk,


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