Proper com­pen­sa­tion

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I re­cently read with in­ter­est that UNC Health Sys­tem has in­creased their min­i­mum wage to $15 per hour or $31,200 per year. This is no doubt a well de­served com­pen­sa­tion in­crease. By com­par­i­son, a first year ed­u­ca­tor in Wake County can ex­pect to earn $38,814 per year or about $634 per month more for a job that re­quires a $120,000, fouryear col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, and of­ten re­quires the teacher to pur­chase sup­plies for the stu­dents out of pocket. A teach­ing as­sis­tant in Wake County, which like many of the hourly po­si­tions at UNC Health Sys­tem does not re­quire a four-year col­lege de­gree, earns only $19,857 or ap­prox­i­mately $11 per hour. It is lit­tle won­der that our schools are chal­lenged to find qual­i­fied teach­ers and teach­ing as­sis­tants with the pas­sion to work long hours ed­u­cat­ing our chil­dren for near min­i­mum wage or be­low. At what point will we pay our ed­u­ca­tors ap­pro­pri­ately?

Scott Dil­lon Cary

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