As we begin a new year, I am reminded of an opportunity I had to share a podium with Dan Moulthrop, one of the authors* of Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers. One of the many myths the book debunks is the idea that educators have it easy because they get the summer off. Never mind that teachers and support professionals, in order to make ends meet, often have to pick up second and sometimes third jobs—tough to do in our current economy. And increasing numbers of school employees work a 12-month year in their districts.
Many members who can—or must—take a summer break now find their summer getting shorter, as more and more districts begin fall classes weeks before Labor Day.
Keeping up with the trend, we offer you this back-to-school-themed issue of NEA Today at the beginning of August, rather than September, as in years past. We hope you’ll find it a worthwhile benefit of Association membership, and that you’ll let us know what you think about it and our NEA Today Express e-newsletter.
We likewise offer our best wishes for a safe and successful 2009–10.
*Ninive Clements Calegari and Dave Eggers are the other two authors.
Editor Doug Walker