By Sahid Fawaz

A senior Arizona lawmaker has some advice for teachers who want a better life: stop expecting a better salary and start working a second job.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports:

"Teachers in Arizona are getting second jobs not because they’re struggling to survive on their low pay, but because they want to enjoy the finer things in life, like boats, according to House Majority Leader John Allen.

'They’re making it out as if anybody who has a second job is struggling. That’s not why many people take a second job,' Allen said. 'They want to increase their lifestyles. They want to improve themselves. They want to pay for a boat. They want a bigger house. They work hard to provide themselves with a better lifestyle. Not everyone who takes a second job does it because they’re borderline poverty.'

Allen, a Scottsdale Republican, made the remark as an explanation for the controversial comments he made during a vote Tuesday on a bill to allow more people without formal teacher training to teach at K-12 schools. The bill, SB1042, passed the House and is awaiting Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature.

During the vote, Allen said the fact that some teachers have to hold a second job to make ends meet doesn’t mean lawmakers don’t care about them. Instead, it shows teachers are enterprising Americans, like many lawmakers, he said.

'Most of us in this room have a second job. Good for them,' he said, adding he likes it when people use their 'God-given talents' and try to make themselves better.

'That’s America. The idea that we are somehow torturing somebody if they have a second job is just ridiculous. And (teachers) have a long summer. What a great opportunity for people like us and teachers to go out and get a second job. Let’s all get a second job this summer,' he said."

For the rest of the story, read the full article here.

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0 #98 Charlene Esposito 2017-08-28 22:25
:sad: I'D LIKE A 5 MIN. CONVERSATION WITH THIS RICH JACKHOLE!!!!!!! I'D LET HIM KNOW WHAT WOMEN HAVE TO DO IN THEIR SPARE TIME, WHILE THEIR HUSBANDS SIT ON THEIR ASSES!!!!!!
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0 #97 Mary K Shah 2017-08-28 05:29
I'm sure the teachers in AZ are getting second jobs so they can afford to buy boats?? So they can drive to Lake Havasu and go boating?? Not even in Mn, Representative!!
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+2 #96 Kathy Burmeister 2017-08-25 17:06
You voted him in!
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-13 #95 Reginald 2017-07-07 08:19
Go to work for the teachers union. They are able to retire in their 40's
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+8 #94 Jim 2017-07-06 17:26
I know a lot of teachers in Arizona. They couldn't afford to live in Arizona if they didn't have a second and third job. How is it that politicians who make 150K- 200K are all millionaires? I have a BA an MA and a certification to be an administrator from Superintendent down. 9 years of college. I'll bet this Bozo doesn't have an associates.
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+10 #93 Maria Hess 2017-06-20 10:40
This guy clearly has NO idea what teachers go through to get their jobs, keep them, and get really good at them. If untrained people are in the line to teach good luck I say! There's a lot to being great at the most important job second to parenting. We should let Denmark, Finland and other countries that highly regard their teachers. They pay them and respect them right up there with Doctors. Obviously this guy never had a teacher open his mind, or touch his heart.
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+25 #92 Michelle 2017-06-19 20:43
I already have a second job; it starts the minute I walk into my " home office" a.k.a living room and start grading assignments, analyzing data, preparing technology-rich, engaging lessons, returning emails, and stay up to date on trends in educational best practices. Oh yeah........ And I have a family.
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+3 #91 Deb 2017-06-19 20:25
:eek: Sooner or later every highly educated teacher is going to tell these politicians to F*off and turn to private teaching. Under Trump, public schools are going in the toilet. This is why many parents are turning to homeschool co-ops and other ways of getting their kids educated. Teachers are well educated and subject matter experts in child development. They are treated like crap, are certainly not paid enough for some of tthe crappy parents that they deal with, and frankly, I do not blame one of them that want to quit and find something else to do. Most teachers I know eventually go to the private sector to make a decent living and not have to deal with the political crap and parents. My hats off to anyone who wants to stay in this profession.
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+6 #90 Brent Lile 2017-06-19 19:42
You are an ass hat. Unbelievable.
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+11 #89 Sharon 2017-06-19 14:44
Mr Allen you are an uneducated little man. Hopefully the teachers who are teaching your children will be reading this and give them the education you never had.
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