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Old 03-10-2021, 06:34 PM
 
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From the article: "On Jan. 27, Colorado Springs School District 11 notified Mitchell High School staff members — from the principal to kitchen workers — that they will be released from their current work assignments at the end of this school year."

Wow. Fire everyone. Like football, when the team is full of poor players they fire the coach. This is one hell of a social experiment to say the least. I hope the teachers go elsewhere for better pay. What we've seen in low performing schools is that the socio-economics standing of the local population is not conducive to achievement, i.e., poverty begets more of the same.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:49 AM
 
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Data suggests Colorado Springs is worst U.S. metro for teacher pay keeping up with cost of living

A study found teachers in our area are spending more of their salary on housing than anywhere else in the country


https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-c...cost-of-living

"COLORADO SPRINGS — As our area’s cost of living continues to go up, a new study suggests the pay for people in one very important profession is not going up with it.

The analysis by Lending Tree found, of the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S., Colorado Springs was the worst when it came to teacher pay keeping up with cost of living.

Using Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data, it found, with median teacher earnings barely over $49,000 a year, and median yearly housing costs of just over $16,000 a year, teachers in our area are spending more of their salary on housing than anywhere else in the country."
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Old 05-03-2021, 08:57 AM
 
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despicable, you can live on 49 K if you are a single teacher unless you live in a Boarding house in Mayberry
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Old 05-03-2021, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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New Academy D-20 school in Colorado Springs brings excitement with distinct approach

https://gazette.com/premium/new-acad...2ad791a97.html

"Crews from Nunn Construction in Colorado Springs are putting the finishing touches on Encompass Heights, at 3602 Daydreamer Drive, near Pine Creek High.

It’s the final project of a $230 million bond initiative Academy D-20 voters passed in 2016. The money funded two new elementary schools, one new middle school, a permanent School in the Woods in Black Forest and a Center for Modern Learning, a compilation of programs. Also, all high schools were expanded, and other existing schools received improvements.

Construction on Encompass Heights started in July 2020, and the school is on track to be completed by the end of July, said Henry Reitwiesner, executive director of the building fund.

With a capacity of 600 students, the $25 million new school is one of the largest elementary buildings in D-20."

"More than 300 families from across D-20 and into other districts already are interested in attending, Sterk said.

Amid a statewide teacher shortage, some 40 applications come in for every position."

How do they attract teachers if the pay is so low?
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Old 05-03-2021, 10:36 AM
 
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despicable, you can live on 49 K if you are a single teacher unless you live in a Boarding house in Mayberry
$49K/year is the median, which means half of all teachers earn less. Let's say a starting teacher gets $42K/year, which comes out to $3500/month, ~$2500/month after taxes and deductions. $1200/month for rent where a single woman could run alone safely, ~$100/month in utilities, ~$300/month for taking out $30K in loans to cover what a part time job and modest scholarships couldn't to go to UCCS ($8200/year + living expenses for four years), $150/month to insure, fuel, finance, and maintain a jalopy, $2.50/meal for 150 meals = $375/month. That comes out to a grand total of $375 a month to cover any other expenses and save.

Unless you meant "can't" there, what's despicable is your expectation that teachers live hand-to-mouth.
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Old 05-03-2021, 10:58 AM
 
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[b]... Amid a statewide teacher shortage, some 40 applications come in for every position." How do they attract teachers if the pay is so low?
Thanks for the link, very good news.

I'll take a stab at why they get so many applicants . . .

- applicants are from districts that pay even less than D-20
- applicants like the reputation of D-20 (IIRC voters in D-20 have raised the mil levy to pay teachers more.)
- applicants like the cost of living in COLO SPGS compared to their high cost areas
- applicants like teaching in brand new schools ... love that new school smell


Now, let's hear from our members who are teachers.
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Old 05-03-2021, 12:33 PM
 
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D38 elementary schools have been full-time in-person all year. The teachers at Kilmer have been “all in”. I grew up in Pennsylvania and loathe the teacher’s union, but the teachers here are a different breed. They gave my kids a full year when most other schools tap danced around it. Taxes can go wherever needed to keep my teachers at Kilmer.
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Old 05-03-2021, 03:55 PM
 
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Default Colorado Springs ranks worst for teacher pay relative to housing costs

Colorado Springs ranks worst for teacher pay relative to housing costs per the Indy newspaper.

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"... Colorado Springs ranked No. 1 of the 100 largest metro areas for lowest teacher pay relative to housing costs ... Housing costs account for 32.8% of teachers' earnings in Colorado Springs, the study found. Denver, where teachers pay an average of 32.4% of their salaries to cover housing costs, ranked No. 3 on the list. Boulder was ranked No. 9, with teachers devoting 28.7% of their earnings to housing costs. ... The most affordable of the top 100 cities was McAllen, Texas, which requires teachers to spend an average of only 13.8% of their income on housing. McAllen was followed by Buffalo, New York, where teachers’ housing costs required 14.6% of their pay...."
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despicable, you can NOT live on 49 K if you are a single teacher unless you live in a Boarding house in Mayberry
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Old Today, 04:54 PM
 
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$49K/year is the median, which means half of all teachers earn less. Let's say a starting teacher gets $42K/year, which comes out to $3500/month, ~$2500/month after taxes and deductions. $1200/month for rent where a single woman could run alone safely, ~$100/month in utilities, ~$300/month for taking out $30K in loans to cover what a part time job and modest scholarships couldn't to go to UCCS ($8200/year + living expenses for four years), $150/month to insure, fuel, finance, and maintain a jalopy, $2.50/meal for 150 meals = $375/month. That comes out to a grand total of $375 a month to cover any other expenses and save.

Unless you meant "can't" there, what's despicable is your expectation that teachers live hand-to-mouth.
Right. A lot of couples seem to forget that a single person doesn't have half the expenses of a couple - still got to pay nearly the same in rent, utilities, etc.
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