Story last updated at 12:24 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002

Pay teachers for time

Dear Editor,

As a student at Homer High School, I am concerned and directly affected by the time our teachers spend at school. A "good" teacher will be hard at work tutoring and helping students from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The recent conflict is that these teachers are only paid from 8 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. All the dedicated teachers at Homer High who normally stay to help their students until 4 p.m., and sometimes later, have had enough of putting in these extra hours without getting paid. I'd consider myself an average student, but when I need extra help on an assignment it sometimes takes more time to get help than my teachers are being paid for. I strongly believe this is unfair. With their current controversy occurring so close to the end of the year, I feel my grades and performance at school is in jeopardy; therefore teachers should be paid for every hour they spend at school educating and helping future generations learn. It's unfair to the teachers, and unfair to the students alike.

Amy Velsko