Alameda teachers deserve more support


In consideration of the comments made by the anonymous writer (“Another year, another pay cut for teachers,” Jan. 25) reporting on the disparity in compensation for Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) teachers compared to other school districts in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, using references from several active and retired teachers, Superintendent Sean McPhetridge and the School Board should absolutely be embarrassed. 

Unfortunately, many Alameda residents and AUSD parents are unaware of the long hours required of our teachers and their dedication to the education of our children. You may think that they get a lot of time off with various holidays and a long summer but, think again, because you are wrong.

Besides the hours required in the classroom, your children’s teacher spends another 20 or more hours per week at home doing classroom and curriculum preparation, assignment review, etc. 

Summer vacation? Forget it! Teacher’s must achieve continuing-education credits to maintain their credentials and many must obtain additional income from temporary jobs just to make ends meet. 

In any other occupation the Labor Department or Union would require overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Most employers and other school districts pay for basic health and dental plans, but not our AUSD. Most certainly, McPhetridge and school administrative staff are better compensated. Mr. Superintendent, you need to do a better job in supporting your teaching staff.

To set the record straight, I have no association whatsoever with AUSD. 


Bruce Elerick