Fact: Taxpayers supply the money that is paid to teachers. In their last contract, Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 teachers received a 30-percent pay increase spread over five years. What pay increase did taxpayers get?
Let’s tabulate the pay increase for the last five years for the taxpayers, the ones paying the teachers. If it turns out to be less than 30 percent, teachers deserve no increase in pay until taxpayers’ pay catches up to the increase of the teachers.
Now, with the upcoming school board election, check on the attitude of each candidate toward teacher pay before deciding on your vote.