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'I need a college degree to make this?' Second grade teacher vents fury by posting her paycheck and meager $130 'raise' after completing 60-hours of professional development courses (8 Pics)

There is, once again, a nationwide debate going on surrounding teacher pay.
Teachers in West Virginia held a statewide strike that shuttered schools there for two weeks until Gov. James C. Justice signed a bill giving them a 5 percent pay raise. Oklahoma teachers have threatened to walk out if they do not get a $10,000 raise over the next three years, according to KFOR.
But a recent Facebook post from an Arizona elementary school teacher rose above the noise to illustrate the working conditions for those who teach in one of the least friendly states for teachers.
Elisabeth Milich, who teaches at Whispering Wind Academy in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, makes $35,621 per year after getting a $131 pay increase following her latest round of professional development classes, according to KSAZ. She told McClatchy she was running low on cash the last time she ran an errand to buy classroom supplies and posted the photo of her annual salary figure out of exasperation, during a time Arizona teachers are mobilizing after West Virginia’s teachers’ example.
Second grade teacher Elisabeth Milich shared a photo of her salary and $131.25 raise to show how little teachers get paid, even after completing hours of professional development work



“That’s $639 every two weeks,” Milich told the news station. “It’s not liveable.”

Milich took down her Facebook post after she started getting more and more negative feedback from commenters who thought that the pay rate she posted was from 1998, due to a line that read, “Issue date: 1998.”
That line actually refers to the year her teaching certificate was issued, not the date the $35,621 salary was effective. Milich has been teaching in the district for seven years.

“I obviously would have cut the date out of the photo if I had known the post would go so haywire,” said Milich, who has received dozens of denigrating messages on Facebook after the post.
She posted this image to show her old and new salaries, earning a raise of just $131.25 despite putting in 60 hours of professional development work to boost her pay 

I really need a college degree to make this?” Milich asked in her original post, according to KPNX. “The reality is, without my husband’s income, I could never be an educator in this state.
“Something must be done, otherwise our poor children will be taught by unqualified, burned out and just plain bad teachers.”
According to the Arizona Republic, citing analysis from Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona’s 2016 elementary school teacher average salary, when adjusting for cost of living, was $42,474. That’s the worst in the nation.
Oklahoma was 49th in the nation, at $43,192, adjustsed for cost of living, while West Virginia was 40th, at $50,956, adjusted for cost of living.
Wallethub also ranked Arizona dead last in the U.S. on its 2017 list of states best and worst for teachers, finding that the state was 46th in highest teacher turnover, 49th in highest pupil-teacher ratio and 48th in lowest public-school spending per student.
“If I were in state politics in Arizona, that would embarrass me,” Milich said.

Her Facebook brought her viral fame and brought attention to the movement of teachers in Arizona rallying for better compensation

Milich, above, spoke to local news outlets on her post in which she said: 'I love teaching! But the reality is without my husband’s income I could NEVER be an educator in this state'

Her post adds to the #RedForEd movement that sees teachers across Phoenix-area schools strike for better compensation 

The strike sees teachers don red and take to the streets in a walk out demanding better pay

The protest comes in the wake of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's announcement that the average pay for teachers in Arizona is $48,000, a leap from Milich's income


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