Your recent story on teacher salary struggles was high on emotion, low on substance and left important questions unanswered.
You call it "a math problem." How does a 1-in-10 teacher turnover rate equate to 12 percent? Is this your "math problem"? To say "many" leave the job due to inadequate pay means what percent? How many leave due to spousal transfer, frustration over administrative bureaucracy, a better job opportunity outside of education or retirement?
You said turnover rates are worse than other counties, but are these trends any worse for the private sector, say, for insurance sales or customer-service management?
Many teachers work multiple jobs. So do a large portion of workers in the private sector.
Never miss a local story.
I am incredulous that a fifth-year, unmarried teacher making $50,000 must live with a roommate and work three jobs to get by. What's the rest of the story? Must a teacher live in Savannah and commute 45 minutes because affordable housing cannot be found here? These appear to be more strange math problems.
After all the heart-string tugging, the biggest question remains: Do we really have a horrible teacher turnover problem due to low pay in Beaufort County?
Your report and opinion column fall short of making that case.