Additional credit: tip jars for teachers, state laws, and pandemic bulletin

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Should teachers put tip jars? Several states raise teacher salaries This year. Any pay rise is great, but teachers have been fighting for better pay for a long time — and it took a pandemic to get them this far. Most lawmakers who voted for a teacher salary increase probably didn’t see this as the first in a long line. We expect these amazing people to be educators, psychologists, parents, and referees – simultaneously – and they don’t want a nice little sticker for their efforts. Perhaps they could slip a tip jar across their desk at school events and parent-teacher meetings? (Venmo and Zelle are also welcome.)

Maybe start a GoFundMe against bail? Was it really an oversight that Kentucky’s new law could jail teachers for up to a year for breaking the rules on discussing race and sensitive historical topics? Hey, if they can’t pay the deposit, we can have them teach our kids! Oh, wait…

When is going over $100,000 not a big deal? Never. Rising gas prices left a school district in Minnesota shelling out more than $100,000 more. School leaders explain what should give in cases like these. Did you know that rising food prices also affect the same foods that schools give to students? A few months after prices return to normal, the cries of neighborhoods living above their means will return.

If only talking about money made us rich… Since that doesn’t work, maybe people can get it into their heads that recognizing a student’s two-parent family or explaining that transgender students are still humans with a heart. is not “grooming” or naughty or fake. First, it does not work like that ! Second, why do people want legislate against issues they do not understand? Or, thirdly, take advantage of people who doesn’t understand? Fourth, why has no one asked the students what they think? Fifth, why not just look at the facts?

Diane Benson Harrington is an education writer at SmartBrief. Contact her by e-mail, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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