Give thanks (and decent pay) to teachers
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week in Texas and we thank these dedicated servants for all they do.
Every day, teachers face challenges of educating students, ranging from language, to hunger, to parental issues, to a legislature that has not prioritized public education. They routinely work off the clock, grading, counseling and more.
Texas’ average pay is $7,000 below the national average. It seems as if some salary relief may finally be on the way from the Texas Legislature.
We will have to realize that quality education costs money. This year, we’re grateful to the Fredericksburg Independent School District Education Foundation for filling in some funding gaps for our teachers.
Public education should be a top priority, as it is the foundation of an educated populace and workforce. Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas, had a vision for education that today’s leaders lack.
We thank our classroom teachers for standing in the gap between our state’s aspirations and our practices. — K.E.C.