Un­war­ranted MPS raises

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Opinions -

I was ap­palled to learn about the raises for Milwaukee Pub­lic School ad­min­is­tra­tors amount­ing to $100,000, which does noth­ing to make MPS bet­ter (“23 MPS ad­min­is­tra­tors get raises,” Jan. 5).

I am a long-time ed­u­ca­tor and a sub­sti­tute teacher with MPS. Raises for ad­min­is­tra­tors are not war­ranted — while the bud­get is cut, ed­u­ca­tors in the class­room get pal­try raises and sub­sti­tute teach­ers get no health ben­e­fits (“Sub­sti­tutes lobby for ben­e­fits,” Jan. 9).

Most ca­reer teach­ing pro­fes­sion­als and sub­sti­tutes are out­stand­ing and do an ex­cep­tional job of try­ing to pro­vide a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in the class­room. Ad­min­is­tra­tors, from out­side the school, ob­serve teach­ers and write notes con­cern­ing their ob­ser­va­tions. Teach­ers are con­tin­u­ally at­tend­ing meet­ings where they are told what needs to be done to make their skills bet­ter and to im­prove on ed­u­ca­tional re­quire­ments based on notes taken by many of these well-paid ad­min­is­tra­tors who got these raises.

Teach­ers in the class­room know bet­ter than any­one what needs to be done and do not need to be lec­tured, as many of the is­sues are so­cioe­co­nomic is­sues that the class­room ed­u­ca­tor has no con­trol over.

Randy Zemel

Brown Deer

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