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Although the latest vote did not specifically address the teacher's contract, it can be interpreted as giving the BOE a general direction from the voters. It reflected support for the BOE in their contract negotiations with the PWTA. The fact that the two parties have not yet reached a settlement can be interpreted as indicating that the BOE is doing its job in representing the voters.

The recent settlement between NYC and UFT may provide a model for settlement in that it traded pay increases for increased hours and productivity.

Although I agree that an annual salary of $100,000 is not much in this region, recent letters suggesting that teachers should be paid salaries comparable to those of stockbrokers are ridiculous. In my life, I made a lot of choices regarding my education and career that determined my current income level. Many of those choices traded higher income for other non-monetary rewards. In that way, my career path has been very similar to that of a teacher.

The overwhelming majority of highly educated people don't make as much money as the traders on Wall Street. That's life. If you want to make as much as a trader, be a trader. Perhaps medical residents could present a legitimate case for higher salaries based on the 70- to 80-hour workweeks and levels of stress, risk and responsibility that are comparable to Wall Street. Teachers can't. Making such comparisons only damages the credibility of teachers and alienates voters.

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