Wage concerns for teachers
HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Are teachers paid enough of a wage to deal with your children? An Arizona educator is sparking a discussion about teachers' salaries after she posted her pay stub online.
Elisabeth Milich makes a little more than $35,000 each year, before income tax and health insurance. She says she loves her job teaching second grade students in Phoenix, but that she couldn't survive without her husband's additional income.
Milich's current salary comes out to $639 every two weeks. She says posting her salary online was a bold move, but she's getting plenty of support.
Milich also says teachers aren't trying to get rich -- they just want to do their jobs and not have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently claimed that average pay for the teachers in his state was $48,000. Milich says her raise for next year falls well short of that amount, even after teaching in Arizona for seven years.
Damarys Gonzalez-Rodiles, who has been teaching for 26 years and is a member of the American Federation of Teachers, discusses the wage concerns with Isiah Carey.