Our society shows its disrespect for teachers by not paying them a salary they can live on without working a second job.

In state after state, the powers that be have cut taxes, cut education spending, and boasted that they are not “throwing money” at schools.

Meanwhile, as this feature in the New York Times shows, many teachers have to work extra jobs to meet their expenses.

This is shameful!

Legislators think it’s fine to “throw money” at those who are the 1%. The less they need money, the more they get it from the state, while teachers give up their days off to patch together a living.

Having paid as little as possible to hire teachers, legislators complain about them, demand more of them, strip away their collective bargaining rights, attack their pensions and healthcare.

We have a crisis in education: a crisis caused by greed. Pure, unadulterated greed, which enriches the richest and neglects those upon whom we depend to educate the next generation.

Into this crisis come the Reformers, with their cost-cutting ideas, their plans to replace teachers with technology or increase class sizes or import low-wage temps from TFA, but no proposals to guarantee that teachers are paid as professionals.