What was asked of a teacher in 1995 began to steadily increase to "justify" those 1-2% raises. When the pandemic hit, the 'ask' grew exponentially. As I stood on the track monitoring the new middle school recess on a football field, I realized that it was going to take a minimum of $80K for me to continue as a teacher with what was expected in the job.
I'd like to point out that in addition to my educator certification, I have also taken classes in healthcare administartion and am halfway to my MBA. I know how to do a job analysis, and I was being sorely taken advantage of. It finally got to a point where my love of what I did was outweighed by the abusive behaviors of the administration piled onto the unrealistic expectations from the district and the state.
*While not true for everyone, it is true of many
Band Directors often drive a larger car to haul better. This is more expensive for the car, the upkeep AND the gas. Thank goodness I have a Toyota, that beast will run forever!
Many directors buy things for their classroom or their students (and for a variety of reasons). This gets pricey fast.
Insurance costs so much more than it did prior to the mid-80s when HMOs started to reshape the healthcare landscape.
And let's not forget that rent prices are shooting up faster and higher than a cocaine addict in the 80s.
I guess when I'm ending is that it isn't just that you gotta pay your dues, but you also have to toss in for way more than was ever expected previously.