Bill Haslam sent a letter to teachers on August 14th as a welcome back for the new school year and to thank them for their hard work.
Some teachers, remembering Haslam's punt on teacher raises after promising to lead the state to "have the fastest increasing teachers’ salaries in the country,” were not pleased.
Tennessee Education Report compiled some of the responses, like this one:
I appreciate your attempt to understand the inner workings of a classroom and appreciate your words of appreciation for those of us who chose to serve others through teaching. However, I am highly disappointed at the turn of events in which you announced that teachers would not receive pay raises. We already make much less than other TN State employees and much less than teachers of other states.
I am personally insulted in your lack of support for the teaching profession. My colleagues and I work hard for the families we serve. A normal day for most of us is 7:45 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Though we are only paid to work 8:00 until 3:15, our jobs cannot be completed in those hours. Many times we take student work home with us and are constantly looking for ways to improve our teaching on our own time.