Originally created 09/16/97

Raises questions about teachers' pay



According to The Chronicle, the Richmond County pay-per-day proposal for substitute teachers (assuming no more than 15 days in the same classroom) runs as follows:

Less than four years college, $40 per day.

College degree, $45 per day.

Valid teaching certificate, $55 per day.

Retired teacher, $55 per day.

In another story concerning the wages of the United Parcel Service we see a comparable difference between the part-time teachers' wages and the part-time UPS workers' wages. The UPS wages runs as follows:

Part-time driver begins at $8 per hour or $64 per day.

Proposed average for these part-time drivers is $12.13 per hour and $97.04 per day by 2002.

The salary scales for full-time teachers vary and were reported as average by The Chronicle. However UPS full-time drivers currently average $19.95 per hour or $159.60 per day with a proposed average by 2002 of $21.50 per hour and $172 per day.

Three questions:

What is the average salary of a Richmond County teacher in public schools?

How long does it take to train a UPS driver?

How much education is required of a prospective UPS driver?

L.M. Lully, Augusta