Today’s best opinion column goes to E.J. McMahon: “The concept of ‘shared sacrifice’ eludes local school districts” which appeared in the Journal News, the Gannett daily that serves Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. McMahon points out that the likely cut in school aid under Gov. Paterson’s budget proposal to the Yonkers school district could be completely washed out resulting in the saving of jobs and programs if the teachers union agree to freeze their scheduled raises.
Why take money from low-paid teachers you might ask? The reason is that teachers in Yonkers are NOT low paid. The base pay for a teacher with a master’s degree and ten years of service in the Yonkers district is scheduled to go up from $80,335 to $82,343 this year and to $91,751 next year.