(An update to my previous letter)
To Whom It May Concern:
I am sitting down to pen a letter that is on everyone’s mind yet we all don’t have an answer and maybe we can brainstorm together.
I was talking to my neighbor of mine the other day whose wife works as a teacher, and he was telling me that the school where his wife works joined the Torah Umesorah tuition initiative program, which provided a $10,000 raise this year. (Which, by the way, not all schools that joined gave that much.)
And he was telling me that this year he is much more tight financially than last year before the raise, mostly due to playgroup and babysitting raises, tuition raises and the cuts he is getting from government welfare cuts (he explained to me it is on a sliding scale; the more you make the less funds you receive but normally worth it to make more.)
But with all these raises (this is not including the regular inflation, plus sharp increases of rent that I know he was hit with) he is so tight that his wife might have to leave her teaching job next year.
His wife is a great teacher, the school gets multiple requests every year to have her as their child’s teacher – and was offered by multiple schools a principal job which she doesn’t want.
Now I know there is no quick fix answer, but Torah Umesorah did all this to try to find an answer to the teaching crisis that is going on, where it is so hard to find qualified good teachers…. and here we are in an even worse situation than before.
(I experienced the issue personally as one of my children was stuck going from one substitute teacher to another last year after his teacher had a medical emergency)
For myself, I took a lesson from this that I will try to tip generously before every Yom Tov – and I try my best to give what I can.
If I can maybe ease their financial stress (which assume will make it easier for them in the classroom if their financial stress is eased), that would be great.
But I know that not all parents can afford that so lets brainstorm together to figure out what we can do for OUR children so that we won’t be stuck with not qualified teachers…
We must step up to the plate before it is too late as we are in a real crisis.
And no, I don’t work in the Chinuch field, besides raising my own children – but I don’t make money from that.
I am expecting to see a bunch of comments of how teachers hardly work… but people should realize that this our future generation and after talking to people in the field it is a very high stress, high patience job,
In addition, teachers that work all day outside the classroom, will likely not perform in the classroom at the desired level.
It is physically draining and needs a lot of prep to be a good teacher, so it is like full time.
So, for the benefit of our children, we want them only working in the classroom so that they can be at full capacity in the classroom.
I know how everyone is suffering from inflation, but we don’t want to be left with just not the most qualified teachers as they are leaving the teaching field as financially they can’t make it.
We are in a crisis, not the teachers – as what will be with the future of our children if they will just have inexperienced teachers.
I personally approached some well to do parents in my children’s school to see if we can make a Simcha fund and a Yom Tov fund.
Now I know this isn’t something that every school could do, as parents are very financially stressed with tuition as it is.
So let’s brainstorm together to figure out a viable solution for the future of our children.
A concerned parent for the future of our children,
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