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Poll: Nearly 50% of Maryland Teachers Working Second Job

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023   

As students head back to school, a recent poll of teachers in Maryland found many are facing financial hardships.

The poll conducted over the summer surveyed more than 2,800 members of the Maryland State Education Association and found in the last year, 44% reported working a second job.

Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, said with persistent reports of teacher shortages in the state, the poll illustrates why the state has difficulty keeping educators.

"This is another piece of information that shows why this job is very difficult," Bost asserted. "It's hard to recruit and retain educators when nearly 50% of those surveyed work a second job that means they have less time to concentrate on their lesson plans, grading, talking to parents because they're trying to figure out how they're going to make ends meet."

The poll found younger teachers were more likely to work second jobs, with those younger than age 30 doing so at a 61% rate.

The poll found 52% of teachers reported taking on personal debt in the last year, which is a 6% increase over the last time the poll was conducted in 2019. The poll also asked educators about buying supplies, and Bost reported most teachers are doing so.

"Our survey also pointed out that 90% of teachers go into their own pocket to bring supplies into the classroom," Bost explained. "That's to help with reading instruction, science instruction; trying to make education and learning fun for our students, that comes out of our own pocket."

The state has been working to address the teacher shortage with initiatives such as the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, which passed in 2021 and will raise the minimum teacher salary to $60,000 statewide by 2026.


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