Letter: Painful Truth is that the teacher buyout is an excellent proposal

Dear Editor,

Kudos to Matthew Claxton on an excellent column [Spend and save for cheap teachers, July 17 Painful Truth, Langley Advance].

The “buyout” idea is one that has occurred in the past.  It’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 – superintendents, senior management, principals, and vice-principals – hold valid teaching certificates, and thus add to the number of qualified teachers in the province.

However, they do not teach – 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 teacher’s salary is calculated.

Administrators’ annual salaries of over $100,000 skew the teacher’s average salary.

Michele Dietrich, via email

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