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Majority of Bossier Parish teachers have thought about quitting over pay, study shows

Teachers across Louisiana say they are unhappy with their pay and feel undervalued (Source: KSLA) Teachers across Louisiana say they are unhappy with their pay and feel undervalued (Source: KSLA)
BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

A survey issued by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers shows 79 percent of Bossier School District teachers are unhappy with their pay.

"Most educators probably pick up a second job in the summer because our pay is not great."

Kristi White teaches math in Bossier Parish.

When she is not standing in front of a room filled with young faces, she is working somewhere else just to provide for her family.

"I teach swim lessons, which is why I'm dressed like this."

Jackie Lansdale, president of Red River United, says the issue of teacher pay in Bossier is a problem that simply does not add up.

"Regionally, Bossier is the lowest, which is kind of counter-intuitive when you consider the fact that, you know, your teachers are performing at a high level because it's an A district."

Red River United represents teachers in Bossier and Caddo parishes.

“Basically what Bossier teachers are telling us is what every teacher has told us," Lansdale said.

"When they say you're not paying me enough ..., they're saying that you’re not paying me enough to deal with the stress, the abundance of paperwork.”

White says while the pay may not be preferable, things are not all bad.

"I think in Bossier, even though our pay is less, our insurance kinds of makes up some of the difference because we have good health insurance."

Strikes over teacher pay in Oklahoma have had positive results for educators, Lansdale said.

She thinks something similar could happen in Louisiana.

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