Mira Rahili: Hours add up

January 11, 2014 

Gov. Pat McCrory owes me $1,073.50. As a sixth-year teacher, I’m not going to talk about how what I do is vital, powerful and important because he has acknowledged he knows all these things about educators. I just want him to know why he owes me $1,000.

Throughout October, I documented the hours I worked before 7 a.m. and after 3 p.m. In October I worked 56 hours and 30 minutes overtime. In those hours, I graded quizzes, graded tests, graded homework, read and critiqued essays, graded classwork, planned engaging and interactive lessons, tutored struggling students, tutored successful students, had two review sessions for a test, attended a club-sponsored soccer game, attended parent/teacher conferences, attended district-mandated training sessions, attended a faculty meeting, attended a department meeting, attended a department chair meeting, held a club meeting and met and collaborated with fellow English teachers concerning our content and teaching methods.

I did all these things because that is what a teacher does. Every day. Every week. Every month.

The bottom line is I cannot afford to stay in teaching. If I worked a 40-hour week, my gross pay would still be only $19 per hour. Since I spend most of my time at Riverside High School, the governor can send my overtime check there.

Mira Rahili


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