While everyone is gnashing teeth over teachers rolling around on ice for a handful of bills, there is one part of the story missing from the conversation;
The South Dakota Education Association President says he believes the event was well-intentioned butâ€¦
â€œIt just underscores the fact that educators don’t have the resources necessary to meet the needs of their students and that’s what’s kind of cropping up here I think,â€ SDEA President Loren Paul said.
Not really. It is a well known secret that while teacher pay in South Dakota may be dead last, administrator pay rates anywhere fromÂ 11th–33rdÂ in the country depending on the position. I have often asked the question why NON-UNION administrators are paid at such a higher National rate then teachers? This is the real disparity issue here and if it was adjusted there would be plenty of money for teacher pay and school room supplies so teachers don’t have to act like rootin’ hogs on the ice.
What often amazes me when â€˜teacher pay’ stories come up every year around this time, nobody in the media talks about this disparity or the fact that a lot of private and public professional jobs like nursing also pay dead last in the state. It seems mentioning management pay in these articles is taboo.
I encourage the local media to dig around a little, and ASK why administrator pay rates average around 25thÂ in the nation while teacher pay rates 49th? Things that make you go hmmmmm . . .