From the Poor, Pitiful, Underpaid Teachers File. . .

A bit of investigative reporting from Marcha Richards at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation: Peninsula public school teachers Brenda and David Aston were featured on the front page of the August 17, 2005, edition of The Peninsula Gateway, picketing school district officials for higher pay. They held signs reading “Our family qualifies for W.I.C. and subsidized health care” and “Ask me about Job #2.” . . . According to data provided by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Brenda and David Aston each earned base teaching salaries of $45,169 this year (2004-05). In addition, both had supplemental contracts with the district, from which they earned $3,599 and $4,546 respectively. On top of that, Brenda’s benefits package (health insurance, etc.) was worth $11,232 and David’s was worth $11,319. Thanks again to Joanne. Who notes: Together they earned just under $100,000 a year, not including income from the husband’s second job as an evidence custodian for a local police department. The family does not qualify for WIC — the cut-off for a couple with four children is less than half their pay — or subsidized health care.

Lisa Snell was the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.