Teacher com­pares pay, costs in Ok­la­homa, Texas

For­mer teacher of year, wife see a $40K per year net gain

Tulsa World - - Datelines - By An­drea Eger An­drea Eger 918-581-8470 an­drea.eger @tul­saworld.com Twit­ter: @An­dreaEger

When Ok­la­homa's 2016 Teacher of the Year penned a vi­ral breakup let­ter to the state and an­nounced his re­luc­tant de­par­ture for a higher-pay­ing job in Texas, he promised to keep ad­vo­cat­ing for Ok­la­homa teach­ers.

This week, Shawn Shee­han fol­lowed through by pub­lish­ing a full, side-by­side com­par­i­son of his and his wife's teach­ing in­comes and house­hold ex­penses from when they worked at Nor­man Pub­lic Schools and now, in pub­lic schools in Lewisville, Texas.

“There were lit­er­ally thou­sands of com­ments from out­siders, in­sid­ers, ed­u­ca­tors, and crit­ics and they could largely be grouped into two cat­e­gories: `sad to see you go but do what's right for your fam­ily' and `way to aban­don chil­dren, you self­ish, greedy teacher, you must be ter­ri­ble with fi­nances, it shouldn't be about the money,'” Shee­han blogged, speak­ing about re­ac­tion to his Dear John let­ter in May. “The main ar­gu­ment from the lat­ter group re­volved around cost of liv­ing.” His pay­roll de­duc­tions House­hold bills

403 b retirement con­tri­bu­tion: $100 Union dues: $56.40 Health in­sur­ance with one de­pen­dent (nearly iden­ti­cal cov­er­age):

$660.86

Teacher retirement:

$523.88

State tax: $166

Rent: $1,100/month, no util­i­ties in­cluded Util­i­ties, In­ter­net, renters and car in­sur­ance: $490 Day­care: $700/month

Shee­han laid bare his house­hold's monthly take­home pay, which in Nor­man was $1,847 for him and $2,369 for his wife, who is also a teacher. In Lewisville, he brings home $3,527 and she brings home $3,703, and they are sav­ing money in ben­e­fit costs ev­ery month.

He also de­tailed the con­trasts in their rent and util­ity bills and even their child's day-care costs and the price of gas and milk.

“I hope th­ese num­bers help pro­vide anec­do­tal ev­i­dence to re­spond to the cost of liv­ing ar­gu­ment. Yes, some things cost more here in Texas. And when we be­gin to look at buy­ing a house, that's go­ing to change things, too. But at

403 b retirement con­tri­bu­tion: $0 Union dues: $0 Health in­sur­ance with one de­pen­dent (nearly iden­ti­cal cov­er­age):

$299

Teacher retirement:

$388.56

State tax: $0

Rent: $1,600/month, in­clud­ing water, trash and lawn ser­vice Util­i­ties, In­ter­net, renters and car in­sur­ance: $415 Day­care: $1,044/month the end of the day, we have some­thing here in Texas that we likely never would have had teach­ing in Ok­la­homa: fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity,” Shee­han wrote. “See, in one year, we'll have made roughly $40,000 more than we would have. Then, each suc­ces­sive year af­ter that, it'll be $40,000 more than it would have been. Three years later and we're an ex­tra six fig­ures ahead of what we would have made over the same amount of time. And that's the math that I think most peo­ple for­get about.”

Shee­han

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