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Thank you for your editorial this Thursday (5/4/17) "Higher teacher pay only a start at improving schools." The statistics you provide are alarming. Teachers salaries are woefully inadequate and a 1 percent raise a year for two years will not address the fact that Arizona elementary school teachers are the lowest paid teachers in the country and our high school teachers are the second lowest paid.

On Wednesday, May 3,  my wife and I attended a banquet in Winslow at the Elks Club that recognized the most accomplished high school students in our town. The entire Winslow High School administration was there as well as many of the teachers. They were there to encourage their students on a school night in the middle of the week. Our youngest daughter is a freshman and has benefitted from the dedication and excellence of many different teachers this year.

Our oldest daughter attends NPA and has similarly received an outstanding education. She has had many top-notch teachers who are clearly putting in hours above and beyond what their paycheck reflects.

It is time we all stand up for our teachers and let the politicians in Phoenix know we value them. A 4 percent raise would be commensurate with a real raise and is what our teachers deserve... It is time our teachers start getting paid better. Let's thank them for all their unpaid overtime with a real raise.

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GREGORY JARRIN, MD

Winslow

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