To the Editor:
District 300 pays for 80 percent of teachers benefits (medical/dental/vision). If a spouse also is a part of the bargaining unit, then it’s 100 percent. District 300 teachers receive 12 sick days a year, which accumulate with no limitations. District 300 elementary teachers receive about $1,500 annually for each student in excess of 28 in their classes. District 300 teachers are ranked third in average starting salaries for nearby districts. District 300 teachers work 10 months a year, eight hour days, which include a paid lunch period and 150 planning minutes a week.
How much do you pay for your benefits and what do you get? Accumulated sick days? Were you paid more for taking on extra responsibilities at work? My husband took a 20 percent pay cut four years ago – we’d be happy with a 2.75 percent pay raise.
Average employees work 12 months a year, eight-hour days, not including lunch/break periods and with no planning time.
Are the teachers blind to what they already receive? Do they not see the economic conditions surrounding them? Do they see how many of their family, neighbors and parents of the students they are teaching are unemployed?
Every other bargaining unit in District 300 has recognized the economic circumstances and have given their fair share back to help our district. The teachers obviously feel they are above everyone else and should not have to make any compromises.
Striking on Dec. 3 will show how much more deserving they think they are. This is not about the kids.
Lake in the Hills