Allentown teachers' aides say they are underpaid

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Gloria Hanby has been a teacher's aide in the Allentown School District nonstop since 1979.
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Reality

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Mar 10, 2009
 
That is low pay but in the "real world", if you don't like it, quit!
atown

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Mar 10, 2009
 
An aide like Mrs. Hanby i have to say deserves the money this aide goes above and beyond for the kids. Now some other teachers aides dont care about these kids and will be over paid in my opinion those who just dont care will be over paid for the job they do
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Mar 10, 2009
 
Reality wrote:
That is low pay but in the "real world", if you don't like it, quit!
If they quit then who will do the job. Not anyone can be a teachers aide. You have to be "highly qualified". The state mandates training and more than a high school diploma to do this job. Many of them stay because they are dedicted.
Reality you have no idea what these people do for so little pay. Dependig on the classroom and if you work for a district or the IU teachers aides can expect to have anything happen. My teacher's aides get spit on, bit, hit, hair pulled, kicked, and boogers put on them. They are underpaid. The state is mandating that they have degrees. Then pay them like someone who has a college degree. My teacher's aides have college degrees and they are dedicated toteh class and children. Their job is no picnic. I think they should make more money.

Reality you are an idiot.
lillian

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Mar 10, 2009
 
I agree these aides should get paid more. Their are times when I think they do more than the teachers.
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Mar 10, 2009
 
Most of the "teachers aids" are really doing the job of teachers. Many of them are kept at hours just short of full time so no health coverage is provided. The people who do this work are not there for the money as they could do better at Walmart. They are there because they want to help the children in Allentown where the schools are under funded and flooded with low income non-english speaking kids.
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Mar 10, 2009
 
Is anyone holding a gun to their heads making them do this job? Why didn't they finish college and become a full teacher?
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Mar 10, 2009
 
I'd say go see the retired policemen who are sitting pretty on monies they got as a result of Afflerbach's stupidity. Remember him?

I thought that a teacher's aide job was sort of a stopover on the way to getting a full teaching cert...am I wrong?
selfish

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Mar 10, 2009
 
in the economy of today people should stop complaining about wages and just be happy they even have a job
Jen

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Mar 10, 2009
 
Back in 2004, I worked at Mosser Elementary in Allentown as a para. I also found the wages to be below my mean, and I wasn't even married then. Now I work for the IU, and the pay is a little better.
Winston Churchill

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Mar 10, 2009
 
Still, a salary in the low 20's after 30 years of work - I know a local owner of several McDonald's in the area had a few employees who had something like 20 years in the business, were not managers, but were still paid $15/hr. as they were trustworthy and hard working. Assuming a 40 hr. work week, these McD's workers were grossing $30k per year. Now who do you think provides a more vital public service?

Those of you posters who say, "if you don't like it, quit" are missing the point. Ms. Hanby and other aides are providing a service that is more highly valued elsewhere in the Valley, and is undoubtedly needed by a district like Allentown even more than one of the suburban districts. If you care about the future of Allentown, and admittedly there are many on these threads who do not, you should be appalled by this story.

And for those who are waiting for the collapse of Allentown so they can smugly say, "See, I told you so" will be the same people crying when their community experiences the same changes Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton have experienced - and make no mistake, that time is coming rapidly. Ask the principal of the high school in Bangor about the gang activity in his school. I'm just sayin'...
Anonymous

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Mar 10, 2009
 
Holy Crap! Another union leapfrog game in the works.
Winston Churchill

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Mar 10, 2009
 
Anonymous wrote:
Holy Crap! Another union leapfrog game in the works.
Care to share with us what you do for a living, and what your pay scale is? Well, do ya, punk?
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Mar 10, 2009
 
Supply and demand. There must be enough people willing to fill these slots at these levels or they would be unfilled.

Better than pushing for higher pay is to step away for 2 years and complete your degree in education at Kutztown or East Stroudsburg. Then you can have power of the PSEA behind you.

Reality is that we all have complaints of what we think we are worth vs. what reality says we are worth.
Teachers know

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Mar 10, 2009
 
Aides in Special Education classes should get EVEN MORE!
underpaid paras

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Mar 10, 2009
 
we are both paraprofessionals at south mountain one full time and one part time, part time does not get health benefits, thats just for full time workers I just wanted to clarify that. I have worked at ASD since 1995 and full time and I only make 11,000 and I also have an associate degree. I'm part time and a have been working since 1995 and also make the same amount. We both agree that we're not getting paid enough we both like working with the students but of course should be paid fairly. I would like you to know that there is no way with our pay we can be surviving to live on our own, and I know of some paras that are single with children on their own and are strugling. We believe that we are making the difference and that is why we do what we can with our paychecks.
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Mar 10, 2009
 
I have worked in ASD for 11 years as a Reading Para. I love my job and the kids we serve. I just can't understand why a NEW hire serving food in our lunchroom makes $2.21 more per hour than me. Also,I do not get any health benefits.
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Mar 10, 2009
 
Yes wrote:
Is anyone holding a gun to their heads making them do this job? Why didn't they finish college and become a full teacher?
the reason why we started working as paras is because we care about our schools,communities and enjoy clarifying the work that the teachers teach. Also many times we translate so the students can understand and do well in our PSSA exams.
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Mar 10, 2009
 
selfish wrote:
in the economy of today people should stop complaining about wages and just be happy they even have a job
we're very concern about our economy and this is why we deserve a better raise because what they are offering us will not cover our higher insurance cost.
teacher

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Mar 10, 2009
 
It would seem that the school district is following the lead of many corporate entities by offering titles in lieu of money. Teacher aides suddenly became "paraprofessionals" in an effort to give a "feel good" raise instead of a "real good" raise.
Now they are demanding college courses to do now what they have been doing for the past umpteen years.
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#21
Mar 10, 2009
 
Too bad for the teacher aids. If they want to drive to another district and work then have at it. Taxpayers are tired of shelling out more and more and getting less and less. I'm sure there are many people working far harder for less in the area as well as many just plain out of work. Unions caused this country it's manufacturing base and enabled questionalbe teachers to keep their jobs. Time to weed out the waste and streamline the system.

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