To the editor:
Teachers, even though they are not the cause of the New York state budget crisis, have stepped up to the plate and agreed to some serious concessions. Teachers have been very courageous and thoughtful in making educated decisions when it comes to school budgets.
One of the most important decisions that was agreed upon and accepted was a pay freeze. Several schools districts have done so, including Cazenovia. This decision not only affects the financial well-being of the district, it will affect businesses these teachers patronize and it will also affect teachers' personal livelihoods. Teachers all over New York State have agreed to a variety of concessions, including pay freezes that will save millions of dollars for the state as well as our schools districts. How many other professions are doing the same, public or private?
Cazenovia school teachers have agreed to a pay freeze for the 2010-11 school year. Even as gas prices rise, grocery bills, utility bills, taxes and the cost of a higher education continues to increase, Cazenovia teachers will work without a cost of living adjustment - which on average is two to three percent. Thank you Cazenovia teachers for your salary sacrifice that meets the needs of the school district. Also, thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students.
We can only hope our representatives appreciate what teachers are willing to do in order to make their communities a better place in which to live. We can only hope that our representatives know what they are doing to the quality of education by not providing much needed funding to our schools. When it comes to a pay freeze, it would be nice to see that every other business does the same.
We all want to live the American dream; we all want to have a roof over our heads, food on our tables, stellar education for our children and good paying jobs that support and maintain this dream. To Cazenovia teachers: Thank you.