Re: "Most school districts struggle to find substitute teachers" (TNT, 1-3).
Valid reasons for the substitute teacher shortage are cited, leaving one issue not addressed: the antiquated payroll system and schedule districts use. Substitutes in any classification may wait up to 60 days after they have completed an assignment to be paid.
Today, substitutes are paid for an assignment on the last day of the following month. Example: A substitute who works Sept. 4 will be paid for that day on Oct. 31, nearly 60 days after the assignment has been completed.
Districts still use paper time sheets for some assignments. When a time sheet is lost or not processed to payroll by supervisors and staff in a timely manner, the substitute must wait an additional 30 days for the next pay cycle to be paid.
Why must substitutes' pay be delayed 60 or more days when available electronic technology immediately moves money?
Substitutes should not continue to tolerate an antiquated pay system and schedule. They should demand wages on a schedule comparable to modern standards of every two weeks.