St. Louis City public school teachers seek wage increase

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis teachers are complaining their pay does not add up to where it should be. Some educators say they have not received a pay increase in years.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report more than 100 educators showed up to tell Dr. Kelvin Adams, Superintendent for St. Louis Public Schools and the three member special administrative board they need to earn more. One teacher is quoted as say her own children qualify for free or reduced price lunch.

Many are still receiving first year wages despite the fact they've been employed for several years.

If you adjust for inflation, the average salary is down $8,000 since 2010. Some teachers say they've taken second jobs. Others are leaving the district to teach in suburban districts where they can make a whole lot more.

Although the district is doing better financially, officials say it's fighting declining revenue, adding that teachers have received several stipends and a two percent increase back in 2012.

The superintendent says teachers deserve a pay raise, but the district doesn't have the funds.

However, the teachers are not buying it.