Dover will either pay teachers a fair wage or lose them to other districts: Letters

Dover will either pay teachers a fair wage or lose them to other districts: Letters

Dover will either pay teachers a fair wage or lose them to other districts April 21 — To the Editor: This budget topic of overriding the tax cap comes up every year. We find ourselves, once again in this situation because we have kicked the can down the road for years and underpaid our teachers to the point where they are among the lowest paid in the state. Many of our best teachers are leaving for other higher-paying school districts. Last year, the city did not honor the salary increase in its contract with our teachers. This problem is worsening, and we will be at a point where Dover will have one of the worst school systems in the state. This situation has many obvious analogies, e.g., putting off investing in repairing your car or your home every year only makes the eventual bill higher. The analogy has another angle because with less money coming in from the state to pay for what they have traditionally supported in the past, is like your employer paying you less and less each year, naively expecting that you can still support your family. More: Dover teachers, pushing for raises, working only contracted hours. What it means for kids. Those who decry that our City Council and School Board are irresponsible and wasteful completely ignore that it is our elected officials in Concord who are to blame for our predicament. Would any of those voices be willing to work at their job if […]

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