To the editor: As concerned citizens and parents, we are writing to express our support for a living wage for teachers on Nantucket. Our teachers are the backbone of our community, and they deserve to be compensated fairly for their hard work and dedication.
Nantucket is a unique and beautiful place to live, but it also comes with a high cost of living. Many teachers struggle to make ends meet on their current salaries, which can lead to high turnover rates and a shortage of qualified educators. Nantucket has one of the highest turnover rates in the state. This is not only unfair to our teachers, but it also has a negative impact on our children's education.
A living wage for teachers would not only help to attract and retain talented educators, but it would also improve the overall quality of education on Nantucket. Teachers who are paid fairly are more likely to be motivated and engaged in their work, which translates to better outcomes for our students.
We urge our community leaders to prioritize the issue of teacher pay and work towards a solution that ensures our teachers are able to live and work on Nantucket. Investing in our teachers is an investment in our children's future, and it is a small price to pay for the long-term success of our community.