Police Removal of Teacher Highlights Poor Pay

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FEATURING KEVIN KUMASHIRO – A teacher in Louisiana was arrested at a local school board meeting earlier this week and removed by police. Deyshia Hargrave teaches English at a middle school in Vermilion Parish and during the school board meeting questioned why the superintendent was being considered for a massive pay raise while teachers’ salaries remained stagnant.

The dramatic incident highlights the fact that teachers – arguably the most important workers in our society – are paid miserably nationwide. Also this week an in-depth New York Times report delved deep into the matter of preschool teacher pay in an article entitled, ” Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?”

Kevin Kumashiro, former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, a leading expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice and the education correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali.