Re: "Performance must be evaluated" (letter, 3-25).
I have no argument that teachers need some form of evaluation, but I do take umbrage at the comment that teachers “work 10 months of the year and get every paid holiday off – plus snow days, training days and other perks.”
As a retired educator (35 years as a high school teacher), I would like to set the record straight.
In this state, teachers are paid for 181 work days, period. They get no paid holidays, no paid vacations and no overtime, etc. Snow days are either built into the schedule or are made up by the teachers and students.
On one- or two-hour delay schedules, teachers are expected to be to school on time. Teachers do work 10 months a year but have to stretch that pay over 12 months. Did you know that the state invests that “extra” money and profits from it? Teachers don’t have a choice but to be paid over 12 months for work completed in 10 months.
Teachers do get lots of days off - every jobholder should be so lucky - but they are paid for none of them.