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No wonder teachers feel undervalued



It is a tough time to be a teacher. It was never an easy job, but it was made more difficult during the pandemic. Add in increased safety fears and parents upset with the curriculum and it certainly hasn’t gotten easier. La Crosse teachers say they are undervalued after the district offered a raise of just 2%. I know a teacher who after 10 years on the job recently left to take a job at a local hospital, where her starting pay is higher than what she was making with 10 years of teaching experience. But an even bigger hit to teacher morale was the comments made by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. DeVos told a conservative Christian group that she doesn’t think the agency that she used to lead should even exist. DeVos was never a fan of the public school system, so appointing her to run the agency was a head-scratcher. DeVos didn’t send her children to public schools. It’s possible she never even stepped foot in one. The fact is the Department of Education plays many critical roles. It’s stated mission is to “Promote student achievement and preparation for global preparedness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.” That includes studying educational trends and techniques to determine what works. That all sounds pretty important, unless you are the former Education Secretary who doesn’t believe in the value of a public education.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Nick

    July 20, 2022 at 5:11 am

    I can name Democrat after Prominent Democrat who never sent their children to public school even though these same individuals sold out to the teacher’s union.
    Hundreds of thousands of parents want to get their children into charter schools so they can be taught the basics. Who stands in their way ? The Democratic Party and the teacher unions in many of our metropolitan areas. What has been done to our children in inner cities is a disgrace.. one party and the unions share a lot of the blame

  2. R head

    July 20, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Life really sucks for teachers they work 9 month out of the year get time off during the school year of life is so bad get a real job in a factory. Bo hoo

  3. Charlene K Joyce

    July 20, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Teaching is still a part time job.

    • Mineya Bidness

      July 20, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      Are you delusional or just clueless?

    • Gregg Erickson

      July 23, 2022 at 7:26 pm

      Comments here just prove that teaching our nation’s children is not a respected profession.

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