THe problem: Our paraprofessionals are paid stunningly low wages despite often being asked to do the work of lead teachers and being essential to the pipeline to future lead teachers. In addition, 1/2 of DC charter schools have full-time teaching roles with starting pay below a dc living wage. Educators should be able to afford to live in the community they teach in.
DC should implement a minimum pay standard for all full time educators (AT LEAST) above the living wage needed to afford a studio apartment in DC. According to the national low income housing coalition- that is $61,000 a year.