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News - August 25, 2006

Substitute teachers receive pay raise

Some say $5 increase still not enough, even though district's rate is high

by Alexandria Rocha

The Palo Alto school board has decided to give its substitute teachers $5 more a day, making them among the highest paid "subs" in the area -- and causing one board member to say there was no "market reason" for the raise.

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Posted by Jen
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

I am a sub and only get 55 dollars a day to 65 dollars a day. I would be really happy with that wage as we are getting ripped off here in Michigan. I wish they would make our rate nicer like yours is.

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Posted by rest of story
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2009 at 10:19 am

Hi Jen, what's the going rate for rent or the cost of a 3 bedroom/2 bath house in Michigan? You have to look at the cost of living before making such comparisons. I'll bet substitute teachers here would LOVE to have your lower cost of living.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 7, 2009 at 10:26 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I am always in favor of adequate teacher compensation. Now if we could only make union membership voluntary to relieve teachers of that burden...

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2009 at 1:18 am

The unions are the only organizations out there that are really fighting to get the teachers adequate compensation. I would agree with your comment if you also said that teachers who are not union members do not get pay raises the union negotiates. If ALL teachers get the raise, they should all be members of the union

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Posted by not a teacher
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 8, 2009 at 10:59 am

Just curious. Do substitute teachers get health care coverage - does the union provide coverage or facilitate/negotiate discounted coverage for all its members as a class?

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Posted by Wondering
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Just curious why this story from 2 1/2 years ago (August 2006)was posted now (January 2009)?

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Posted by me
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 12, 2009 at 11:12 am

Let's put all the whiners about teacher pay in the classroom for a year; watch them change their tune.

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Posted by OAO
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I am a substitute for Topeka Public Schools. I make $85.00 a day.. I graduated from Guun H.S. in Palo Alto, CA. I'm comin back home.

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