Budget, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

Reality of Classified Wages

Dear JCPS,

I am an Instructional Assistant in a JCPS Pre-K classroom and I am writing this letter in opposition of a proposed wage freeze for employees making over $14/hour. I guess I am considered one of those “overpaid” employees as I make a whopping $15.46/hour. After taxes, escrow, CERS, and JCAESP (Union Dues), are all taken out, I get to bring home the exorbitant amount of $464 every two weeks. That’s right folks, $234 a week. That is very close to the poverty line and not at all a “sustainable” wage. I am fortunate that my husband is also employed and carries the health insurance as I would not be able to purchase a family plan on my income. I wouldn’t even be able to support myself on such a low wage much less make a house or rent payment, pay utilities, medical, food, gas, etc. on $928/month. I work very hard at my job with very little monetary compensation. To even suggest freezing our wages is ludicrous. I implore you to do the right thing and vote “NO” to a wage freeze.

Thank you.

NOTE: While the author’s identity is protected here, they are not anonymous to Dear JCPS. Any board member wishing to address the concerns shared here can contact our administrators to make a connection.

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