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15% Pay Hikes for Teachers

March 11, 2001

Re "Board Narrowly OKs 15% Raises for Teachers," Feb. 28, and "L.A. Unified Reaches Deal With Officials on Pay Raises," March 8.

Recently, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted 4 to 3 to raise teachers' salaries by 15%. Hallelujah! Isn't it about time? With many teachers quitting in their first four years, plus the terrible teacher shortage and the morale of teachers at an all-time low, this will give teachers a spiritual lift.

As an English teacher with Los Angeles Unified School District for 36 years (retired '91), I want to especially commend Supt. Roy Romer. He established a first for the district. In all my years of teaching, not one superintendent ever said, "Teachers deserve the money, and somehow we'll find a way to get it to them." Romer did just that.

Teachers have to feel that the superintendent, the Board of Education and the public all support their efforts. The teacher is our most valuable commodity. I take my hat off to Romer and the Board of Education.

ED RASKY

West Hills

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