Teachers at a Newark elementary school have been told their salary is $46 per hour, but they still can’t afford the school supplies they need, NJ.com reports.
In the wake of the 2016 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which 20 children and six educators were killed, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie created a task force to look at teacher compensation, according to NJ.tv.
The commission recommended a minimum salary of $46.20 per hour.
The school district said the salary was the average hourly wage in 2016 and that the median salary was $40.40, NJTV reports.
According to NJTV, the district is currently waiting for a decision on the compensation commission’s recommendations.
However, NJ Education Commissioner Julie Wittenberg said on Twitter that the salary recommendations were still being considered.NJ.tv has reached out to the district for comment.
The state is now offering up to $2,000 to teachers who sign a petition, which has already garnered over 3,000 signatures, to “change our system,” NJ.news reports.