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Women teachers are devalued in society

The vast majority of K-12 teachers in public

The vast majority of K-12 teachers in public education are women, a reader writes. Credit: Danielle Silverman

I would like a public conversation about the nature of teaching, the gender largely comprised by teachers, and how we stack up against a similar yet different group of public employees ["Report: Majority of LI educators earn at least $100,000 a year," News, Oct. 24].

Teaching relies heavily upon exploited labor. Many teachers like myself, in order to do our jobs effectively, work through lunch breaks, evenings, weekends, and vacations — with no overtime pay. The vast majority of K-12 teachers in public education are women.

Newsday reported a sharp fall for Nassau County police officers, at an average salary of $104,263 in 2018   ["Nassau County Police see average pay fall sharply, reports show," News, April 9]. Newsday stated this was the lowest pay for police officers in two decades. The vast majority of them are male.

Teachers are required to have more formal education than police officers, yet our average pay, according to Newsday, is less. Also, teachers are not compensated for work outside their contractual days. It is time to ask why we continue to devalue the work of women.

— Melissa McMullan, Wading River

You show Christine O’Malley of Lawrence as having a $766,781 "pay package," which will no doubt shock and annoy thousands of readers who have not latched onto the gravy train of public education on Long Island. But the article fails to mention that this astronomical pay for O’Malley (an art teacher ) includes, most likely, many years of unused vacation and sick leave, various benefits, and extra assignments.

— Jay Roberts, Jericho

One cannot help but notice in the list that more than half of the top earners are in what have been, for years, underperforming districts. Obviously and sadly, it was also noted that those pay scales do not necessarily correlate to higher student achievement.

One could conclude that accountability is woefully absent, owing much to the administrative structure.

— Susan E. Hopkins, Kings Park