Kudos to Matthew Claxton on an excellent column [Spend and save for cheap teachers, July 17 Painful Truth, Langley Advance].
The â€œbuyoutâ€ idea is one that has occurred in the past. Itâ€™s an excellent idea.
Also, his column has been one of only a few that states the actual facts about teacher salaries. Most articles have teacher salaries much higher than they actually are.
Many people do not realize that school administrators â€“ superintendents, senior management, principals, and vice-principals â€“ hold valid teaching certificates, and thus add to the number of qualified teachers in the province.
However, they do not teach â€“ with the exception of some elementary vice-principals who teach a percentage of time.
And because administrators hold teaching certificates, their wages are often included when average the teacherâ€™s salary is calculated.
Administratorsâ€™ annual salaries of over $100,000 skew the teacherâ€™s average salary.
Michele Dietrich, via email