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Substitute teachers deserve higher pay 

Pismo Beach

Do you know how much substitute teachers in this area make? Well, in the Lucia Mar School District (encompassing schools from Nipomo to Shell Beach) a substitute teacher makes base wages of $44 for a half day (210 minutes) and $88 for a full day. From those wages, federal and state taxes are subtracted, as are teacher retirement contributions. Substitute teachers must have a college degree and must pass a test called the CBEST. Taking the exam requires a fee. Other fees are also charged to be a substitute teacher: fingerprinting, tuberculosis skin test, tetanus shot. All of these are reasonable requirements; however, a substitute teacher ends up clearing $8.50 per hour. A substitute secretary or food service worker in the Lucia Mar School District can earn more than $13 per hour.

Our kids are sitting in classes this year that are overcrowded. The classroom teachers do their best, but sometimes they do need to miss a day or two throughout the school year. Don't our kids deserve the best education we can provide, no matter the expense?

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