I find it hard to believe that the banking and financial industry in New York, which was turned upside-down by the financial meltdown in 2008, has recovered so nicely that the average bonus of those who get them was $164,000 ["Average '13 Wall St. bonus put at $164G-plus," Business, March 13].

That is far more than teachers are paid, and this bonus is in addition to a salary! The bonuses were 15 percent higher than last year.

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How many times has the issue of teachers and the Common Core made the front page?

Rich Weeks, Middle Island

Editor's note: The writer is a public school teacher.