opinion Dana Berge Opinion contributor Published 7:00 AM EDT Apr 30, 2019 When I became an educator in 2012, I never thought the profession I chose would lead to me sleeping in my car. But that’s exactly what happened in one of my first years of teaching, when my public educator salary fell short and I had to list my own apartment on Airbnb just to keep up with the bills. I still advertise my apartment for temporary visitors. Many, many times I had to stay with my parents or on friends' couches, but on one occasion that wasn't an option, so my Chevy Sonic had to suffice. I slept in my car catching whatever rest I could in the safest place I could think of — the parking lot of Pascual LeDoux Academy, the Denver public school where I teach early childhood education. I was studying for my master’s degree. I’m a good teacher. And still, that is where I ended up. Teachers need a living wage My union, the 3 … [Read more...] about Low teacher salary forces teachers to work multiple jobs, sleep in car
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Democratic presidential hopeful and California Sen. Kamala Harris has unveiled a new plan to increase teacher pay by $13,500 nationwide. According to her campaign, the plan would cost $315 billion over 10 years, and would be paid for by adjusting the federal estate tax and closing loopholes for the wealthiest Americans. "I think there is no question that we all know there are two groups of people who are raising our children — that's our parents, which can be grandparents, aunties and uncles, and it's our teachers. So let's pay them their value," Harris told "CBS This Morning." Teacher walkouts have happened recently in cities like Los Angeles, Denver and Charleston, West Virginia. But researcher and author Dr. Lois Weiner told CBSN it's important to remember teachers are not just concerned about pay. There needs to be a focus on how much money is allocated for each student."I think that when you talk to teachers about what they want, it comes down to the schools being funded … [Read more...] about Will Kamala Harris’ proposal to increase teacher pay be enough?
Grant Suneson and Charles Stockdale 24/7 Wall Street Published 7:09 AM EDT Mar 25, 2019 As the world increasingly relies on advanced technology – in computing, manufacturing, health care, and more – science and technology are becoming inextricably linked in the U.S. job market. More and more, the jobs with better pay and job security are in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – fields. Some areas – most notably California’s Silicon Valley – have become known across the country and the world for their output of high-tech products and services. There are 15 U.S. major metropolitan areas in which at least 9 percent of the workforce is employed in a STEM field. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed U.S. cities' labor forces to determine the cities with the most high-tech jobs. STEM jobs typically pay significantly better than jobs in non-STEM industries. Regardless of education level, those in STEM fields have a median annual income that … [Read more...] about STEM jobs: 15 cities hiring the most high-tech workers in US