Teachers Work Two Jobs to Pay the Bills 8/16/13
August 16, 2013
Odessa - As school draws closer, teachers earning an extra income working a second job this summer will be forced to quit, or so you would think. With rent the way it is many teachers say they will continue with a second job come this school year.
In a statewide survey done just three years ago, forty percent of all teachers said they needed to work a second job during the school year. Since then, rent has gone up in the Permian Basin forcing many to need that extra job.
ďI donít have any question that the number is probably even higher right now in Odessa in terms of those needing to work,Ē said TSTA region President Chuck Isner.
Even after everything that ECISD has offered our teachers this year, after the last round of budget cuts, school districts just donít have the money they used to, to provide teachers with a raise.
ďI think ECISD is doing all they can with the resources they have. You try to hire somebody, but they say, I canít afford to pay $2000 a month for housing,Ē said Isner.
But for many teachers trying to make ends meet, the eight hours they work at school doesnít stop there. Not only do they have an average of two hours spent preparing for the next school day, but now are cramming in an extra job.
ďWhen you have to work that many extra hours then are you able to get the same level of commitment. Itís not that they donít try, not that they donít want to, but it has to affect your performance,Ē said Isner.
Isner says these teachers are working a variety of jobs and all hours, some during the night and some over the weekend. ďItís not just sad for the families, but itís sad for the kids because the bottom line is that this hurts kids.Ē