Little Money, Not Enough Time

A friend of mine, Erik Benner, is currently a high school history teacher in Virginia during the day. At night and on the weekends he hauls flooring supplies at a warehouse using a forklift. He told me, “Honestly, I am invested and I love what I do, but I am run down and exhausted. There aren’t enough hours in the day.” Teachers in Virginia are now wearing jeans to work to protest the lack of income and high expectations. He also mentioned the school supplies that educators must provide for their students and classroom out of their own pocket not only are leaving the teachers with less money than they already receive, but are pushing teachers out of the education field due to the low salaries they take in (Strauss).

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