UPK TEACHERS NEED HEALTH INSURANCE AND PENSIONS JUST AS THOSE IN THE MAIN BUILDINGS
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A short time ago we were blessed with UPK FOR ALL. Teachers worked diligently to pull this program together and ensure each child entering a fun, safe beginning. Many classrooms were farmed out into trailers or rented spaces in nursery schools or churches. These “centers” are called CBOs.
All UPK teachers must be fully certified and follow all the exact same demands of teachers in the main buildings. In fact, these CBO teachers must work harder in many cases because they are not blessed with school psychologists, counselors, lunch aides, art teachers, gym teachers, etc etc etc.
CBO teachers must fill all these positions and are happy to do so! The problem arises when our paychecks are not reflecting these duties. We are not given health insurance, pensions, raises, family leave, maternity leave, etc etc etc.
I am a fully certified teacher with a masters degree plus. I attend workshops each month to help me grow. I have been teaching for 20+ years. I absolutely LOVE teaching. I have been told numerous times to go back into the main building so I can be considered a “real” teacher and receive all the benefits.
This outrages me. I have been teaching in the same CBO for the last 13 years. I have formed relationships with the entire community. Siblings, cousins, friends, etc all come back to be in my class. I love what I do but I also love where I do it.
I am not alone. There are so many wonderful teachers out there in this position. We need health insurance. We need pensions.
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