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Teachers make their voices heard on secondary agitations

Teachers are increasingly engaging in “parallel activities” to make ends meet. Some have had enough.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 58 percent of all public school teachers supplement their basic teaching salary with income through other jobs. In other words, “secondary turmoil” is real for many teachers across the country.

EdWeek Top School Jobs Contributing Writer, Elizabeth Heubeck wrote about the pressure teachers feel to make more moneyand the undesirable side effects these additional positions can have on educators and students.

In response to his post, Facebook users shared their experiences deal with “side hustles,” including what caused them to seek additional work in the first place.

For some, ‘side hustles’ are necessary for survival

“When you can’t buy a modest house with two teachers’ salaries, you know there are BIG problems with the education profession. All the teachers knew they would NEVER get a rich teaching, BUT neither did they take a ‘vow of poverty’.

– Don R.

“I am one of those teachers. I work as a public school teacher, then work all evening as a part-time college teacher, just to make ends meet. I work around 14 hours a day, including planning lessons for the next day. I teach Saturday School and work the rest of the week creating fun and interactive lessons for all of my students for what I have left of the weekend. I pay over $1,000 a month in health care costs for myself and my two daughters. This does not include taxes and pension which are also deducted monthly from my salary. Exhaustion doesn’t even cover how I feel! Stress, anxiety, blood pressure… These are just a few more health issues that are related to my two jobs. I do it because I have no choice. My second job is paying my mortgage. I do what I have to do to survive in an economy where everything goes up in price… except my salary.

– Stephanie P.

Teachers’ salaries and benefits have not kept up with rising cost of living

“When I got into teaching, the teachers had really good health insurance, which is now gone, we had a really good pension, which has changed, and we were getting raises that almost kept pace with the cost of living. my first 2 years I never had an increase in the next 20 years that matched increases in the cost of living I went into teaching thinking I would have the same standard of living as my parents , who were both teachers. I was wrong.”

-Elisabeth A.

“Yeah…36 years of experience and my raise this year was $150. My insurance costs have gone up more than that. Next year would have been a huge $398 raise, but I decided to retire instead. 🙄”

– Karen C.

The costs that teachers are expected to bear add up

“I probably spend an average of $500 a year, especially on books in my classroom library. $500 x 20 years? 🤯 I wish I hadn’t done that math 🤦🏻‍♀️ This doesn’t even include all the professional development that I pay for myself.

– Sarah A.

And like many before her, Sarah A. also said she turned to “secondary hustle” to help bridge the gap.

“Every year, for 20 years, I took on multiple roles just for allowances. The side hustle is real!

– Sarah A.

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