Educators from 4 local school districts ask South Carolina lawmakers for pay raise

Teachers in four local school districts are asking South Carolina lawmakers to fully fund a $4,000 pay raise.

The concern comes as a growing number of teachers are leaving the classroom.

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Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York and Clover school districts wrote a joint letter to state senators this week about the request.

“I, myself, worked a part-time job,” said Sherry East, president of the South Carolina Education Association. “I worked at an Advanced Auto Parts delivering parts on the weekend.”

The 27-year veteran educator is an advocate for teachers.

“Over 20% of our teachers have a second job,” East said. “They’re moonlighting somewhere. You’ll see them in restaurants.”

In the video at the top of this webpage, South Carolina bureau reporter Tina Terry explains how the districts are coming together.