Fox News Baltimore
August 22, 2018 | Bryna Zumer
A Maryland teachers’ union is citing a new poll that shows educators in the state are reporting financial strains. According to the findings, 91 percent of Maryland educators paid for school supplies out-of-pocket, 41 percent had a second job to make ends meet and 37 percent have student debt.
Those numbers are higher among younger teachers, with 61 percent of those under 30 working a second job and 49 percent of those under 50 having student debt.
A majority of teachers also said inadequate staffing levels make it hard to keep their “head above water,” their schools don’t have the funding they need and their salaries make it hard for their families to make ends meet. “Far too many educators are struggling to make ends meet. It’s clear that Maryland needs to do more for our teachers and school staff,” said Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association teachers’ union and a Baltimore County elementary teacher, in a statement from MSEA.