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Teachers present case for higher pay

Retaining teachers could be a problem, otherwise, they say


Grand Coulee Dam School District directors face a library full of educators in red T-shirt solidarity Monday, as teachers presented their case for an increase in pay following statewide reallocations of funds intended to make up for years of not funding basic education. - Jacob Wagner photo

More than a dozen teachers attended Monday's Grand Coulee Dam School District board meeting, where Pamela Johnson and Carrie Derr spoke on behalf of their union to make a case for higher pay to keep quality teachers in the district.

Johnson and Derr, the president and vice president of the Grand Coulee Dam Education Association, took turns reciting lines from their prepared speech.

"In our last school year we lost one third of our teaching staff," the speech began. "Most of these teachers have left for districts that pay us significantly higher. Our teaching staff is being devastated by co...

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