Sunday, November 26, 2017

DACA Hits at Bilingual Teachers

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 Did you know that Texas may lose 2,000 bilingual educators due to DACA end?
Texas stands to lose about 2,000 teachers who are in the DACA program, and as many as 20,000 such teachers would be affected nationwide. The clock is ticking, and without a legislative reprieve, within a few years it will be illegal for these teachers to  work in the U.S. Their loss would hit bilingual education, where there’s a constant dearth of educators, especially hard. Source: Dallas News
 Even more interesting:
The number of educators who work in bilingual or ESL classes has plummeted over the past decade. The state [Texas] now has about one such teacher for every 48 students in need. The biggest challenge in finding bilingual teachers often isn’t pay, but getting would-be teachers interested in the profession. (Source)
 Well, yes, it is interesting. Teachers are paid poorly as it stands now. Working as a bilingual educator is a tough job (yes, I worked as one in East Texas, Cotulla and San Antonio). The parents and kids are great, but institutional support is often confused, contentious, and under-funded.
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According to a McKinsey Study called “Closing the Talent Gap,” teachers’ salaries have declined for the past 40 years. In the past decade alone, salaries have decreased further in 30 states.  Had salaries grown proportionally to our classroom spending, the average salary would now be $120,000. Instead, a teacher’s starting salary is, on average, $39,000.  To some this might not sound so bad — but consider this: after 25 years of teaching, 25 years of professional experience, the average salary of a teacher is $67,000. That’s less than teachers would be receiving had they chosen to be a skycap at an airport ($75,000) or an insurance appraiser ($72,000). Source: Washington Post
As much as I applaud the UNT-Dallas' hard work, we need more than anime, er, "ánimo." Much higher pay, a transformed education system and good leadership.

Ok, maybe, all educators all need those.

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