Dear Honorable Mayor, City Councilors, School Committee members,
Please pay the city's educators whatever they want to be paid--or more. Please approve any requested pay increases.
Our city's educational staff are already far underpaid for the work they are doing--particularly post-pandemic. These days, so many students have complex needs--more than before the pandemic.
Please agree to whatever the teachers are requesting from a salary standpoint, and add to it.
The below email states, "The students of Newton are our first priority." If that is the case, please pay NPS educational experts the salary they deserve.
Yes, the city budget is constrained. In particular, state law prevents the enactment of needed revenue increases via legislative action. Our state legislators should seek change on this issue.
In the meantime, Newton should seek a general operating override every single year from now until we achieve the needed revenue to pay our teachers.
For too long, due to Prop 2.5, city services have been grossly underfunded, particularly during inflationary periods such as the present time. This statewide issue leads us and other municipalities to face difficult choices as outlined in this email from the Mayor and School Committee. It is shocking to see the possibility of a strike and an extended school year. This does not serve our students in any way, shape or form.
Lastly, as a Ward 6 resident, I will register my strong objection to School Committee Member Paul Levy's absence from so many School Committee meetings during his first term. I also object to his singular opposition to the recent override campaign which was essential to the funding of our schools. I have two children in our school system, including one with an IEP. I find SC Member Levy's actions truly unconscionable as an elected representative for our city's public education system.
Again, please fund our educational professionals' salaries at the level they request. They deserve it and we can afford it.