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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • A previous reader stated that teachers work 51 percent of the year and are overcompensated.
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  • A previous reader stated that teachers work 51 percent of the year and are overcompensated.
    A teacher works 188 days, quite true. When a person works "full time" they are employed 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year (that is 2,080 hours a year). The worker has 110 weekend days off; that reduces his work days to 255. He most likely has two weeks of paid vacation (teachers have three days) so now he is working 241 days. With six national holidays that brings a "full time" worker to 235 possible work days. 188/235 equals 80 percent, not 51 percent.
    I am an average teacher having taught 13 years in middle school. I am unusual in that I do all my work at school. Using my school computer log-in times, I work 55 to 60 hours a week. We work 37 weeks a year at 55-60 hours a week. That equals between 2,037 to 2,200 hours a year.
    The entire community's children deserve the best, most committed teachers possible. Anything less is betraying their trust in us. Please remember this as we continue to negotiate for a fair contract. — Chris Geankoplis, Medford
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