LEHI, Utah (AP) – Many Utah public school teachers work second jobs to supplement low salaries that aren’t expected to rise substantially with enrollment numbers.
Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley told the Salt Lake Tribune that Utah’s teacher shortage can be tied to pay and hours.
A 2014 Center for American Progress study found almost 17 percent of Utah teachers were also working outside the classroom, more than the roughly 16 percent nationally.
Lawmakers would need to budget another $115 million to prepare for a 10,000-student bump in enrollment expected in 2017.
Some education groups have discussed a nearly 1-percent income tax increase for schools.
Third-grade teacher and Costco cashier David Cichoski said people in his situation have to swallow their pride.
Less than 3 miles separate his classroom and retail job.