A teacher in California is not exactly a star at her job, but she’s making an amazing salary thanks to the state’s tax holiday, which gives her an extra $6,500 annually for every teacher.
Amber Linn has taught for the past four years at San Francisco State University and is a certified teacher assistant.
She’s not just teaching students, but also helping her students develop skills like critical thinking and communication.
Linn says she’s already been making more than $5,000 per month by teaching students.
But she’s also earning $15,000 annually in additional wages, thanks to a 1.6% tax holiday.
She says that makes her salary nearly four times what it would be if the state didn’t tax teachers on salaries above $125,000.
Lappin says the tax holiday also means more paychecks for her students, who are not necessarily her students anymore, but teachers who are.
She says she plans to take advantage of the tax breaks this year to hire a new assistant.
“They’re making a lot of money,” she says.
“But they’re not making the money that I’m making.
I’m going to have to find other ways to pay my bills and make more money.”
Linn works for the state of California and is certified as a teacher assistant in her field.
But, like many other teachers in California, she says she has to juggle family, work, and school.
The salary hike is just one more way that Linn says her job is undervalued.
“I know that if I’m doing well, I’m probably making more money,” Linn explains.
“I just want to be able to provide quality education.”
Lappins salary may not be what it once was, but Linn thinks the state is making an important change.
“It’s so nice that we have a tax holiday that gives teachers more money than they would be making now,” Lappins mother says.
“But, you know, we’re still going to pay them what they’re worth.”