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Does your teacher have another job?



Florida teachers got their pay cut by 3 percent to cover pensions this year. Most of them haven't received a raise in years. So perhaps it's not surprising that a growing number of them are seeking second (or third) jobs to make ends meet.

There always has been a contingent of moonlighting teachers. The AP reports that the number is on the rise:

"In 1981, about 11 percent of teachers were moonlighting; the number has risen to about one in five today. They are bartenders, waitresses, tutors, school bus drivers and even lawnmowers.

"Now, with the severe cuts many school districts have made, teachers like [Miami teacher Wade] Brosz, who hadn't considered juggling a second job before, are searching the want ads. The number of public school teachers who reported holding a second job outside school increased slightly from 2003-04 to 2007-08. While there is no national data for more recent years, reports from individual states and districts indicate the number may have climbed further since the start of the recession.

"In Texas, for example, the percentage of teachers who moonlight has increased from 22 percent in 1980 to 41 percent in 2010.

"It's the economy, primarily," said Sam Sullivan, a professor at Sam Houston State University, which conducts the survey."

Read the full story here. Sound familiar?

[Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2011 12:47pm]


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