Higher pay for teachers in Walton County, Florida

Higher pay for teachers in Walton County, Florida

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Meredith Flowers started this petition to Governor Ron DeSantis and

The problem I would like to see solved is low teacher pay in Walton County, Florida. Starting salary is around $37,000. There are a number of reasons it is not enough. I have to buy school supplies, decorations, snacks, lab materials, and learning manipulatives out of my own pocket. I am constantly having to spend my own money on my classroom. I want my students to have the best education and have the most hands on learning experience so I continue to spend my own money because I love and care about them. We weren’t even given a single item for Science labs and yet they are included in our curriculum and we are expected to do the labs. I love science and have tried to pay for what lab materials I can and also I have reached out to my students’ parents to help buy materials. I feel guilty asking my class parents for help but I don’t make near enough to buy what we need. I wish I could. I feel like Walton County should supply us with all the materials we need to teach the curriculum. They didn’t even give us math workbooks so we have to keep buying reams of paper to print all of the worksheets each week. It’s insane how much of my own money I’m forced to spend on my classroom. An additional reason we deserve higher pay involves the countless extra hours I work before school, after school, and on the weekends. I also had to pick up 2 extra jobs to make more money. I have a one year old who needs me and I am spending almost all of my time working. Teachers in Walton County don’t even get paid maternity leave. We get six weeks of unpaid maternity leave. Teachers are having to return to work from maternity leave while their husbands still have 6 more weeks of their paid paternity leave. What a joke! With the amount of hours I spend taking care of other people’s children and working hour after hour to give them the best education possible, you would think we would be given the same benefits, respect, and salary as employees in other fields. We must increase teacher pay. It’s the right thing to do. I know Walton County schools have SO much potential and I believe in our teachers and I believe in our students and that we all deserve more.

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