Donna Barger: Put legislators on contracts

August 1, 2013 

Capital contracts

I have been a public school teacher for over 15 years and am in the middle of obtaining my master’s degree. This would be the first time in over 15 years that I have been pondering whether I should leave the profession. I love my students, and I have achieved above-proficiency scores, yet I feel like something scraped off the bottom of a shoe with the budget.

I am supposed to be teaching for a “global citizen,” but in North Carolina we will be producing anything but that. Try to teach a class of 34 students, 18 of whom have Individualized Education Plans and two who are Limited English Proficiency.

I have already spent over $250 of my money on supplies this year, my child needs braces, food prices are higher, yet for the sixth year I will receive no raise and the increase I would be getting for master’s pay has now disappeared.

A solution: Legislators need a one-year contract, and we will judge their effectiveness and pay based on index scores. They will not receive funding for any advanced degrees obtained, and should they be lucky enough to have another one-year contract, they will not receive an increase in pay.

Donna Barger


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