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TMS Teachers Protest For Fair Pay



Imagine you’re pulling up to school and you spot protesters. Only these protesters have familiar faces, and then you realize that they’re your favorite teachers. That is what’s going on in TMS and throughout the district.  Teachers are protesting right outside the school holding signs saying, “ Fair Pay!” and, “Support TVUSD Teachers!” But why?


The reason teachers are protesting is because they believe they should be paid more as the school board hasn’t really been paying the teachers very well. We interviewed some teachers and we asked them questions about what message they wanted to send. Here’s what they said:

What do you want to get out of this protest?

Teacher 1: “ We just want to get a cost of living raise. It’s simple. It’s a cost of living raise that the state provides.”  


Teacher 2: “ The teachers here at TMS and over TVUSD just want to get paid our fair wages. We’re one of the lowest-paid districts in the area right now, and we are some of the hardest-working teachers and staff who just love being here.  We love our students, and we are not asking for going above and beyond, we’re asking for the bare minimum here and it’s sad that the school board is not letting us have that.”


Teacher 3: “ Out of today’s protest, I want our community to know that we love our students, we love our jobs but we need to be paid fairly.” 

What do you want to tell students?

Teacher 1: “ We want to tell students that they rock and we love teaching them.” 


Teacher 2: “ Students, your teachers, and staff love working with you, we are here for you, we’re fighting so we can continue to be there for you.”


Teacher 3: “ We want to tell students that we love them every day they come to school, we enjoy teaching, we enjoy sharing time with them, and that’s why we’re teachers.”

It’s not just our school that’s being affected by this though, as the mandate was spread all throughout Temecula. Teachers protest outside of most schools now, and it’s because of the school board. The TVUSD school board did not raise their cost of living wages, causing an outburst from teachers and parents alike. Parents and teachers held massive protests at Margarita Middle School and Great Oak High School, cars honked in support of their actions. 


The teachers’ efforts were not in vain though. On October 18, 2023, another school board meeting was held, and the school board gave the teachers a cost of living raise.  What do you think? Leave a comment!

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Isabela Borghi Zechim
Hi! My name is Isabela and I am in 8th grade. I enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and hanging out with friends. I have a little sister and a dog named Lucy. I do dance, singing, and acting. I am also part of the Temecula Youth Theatre and Temecula Dance Company. I originally moved here from Brazil and was born in New Zealand. I am happy to take part in the TMS newspaper for the school!
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Hello, I am Samantha Dos Santos! I am in 8th grade here at TMS. I love all things nerdy and if you come up to me with a bread pun, I will laugh and respond with finger guns. I have an older brother that had been to TMS before me, and yes, teachers mistake me for him. This is my second year at TMS Press (I highly recommend you join!) I love to read and I do Archery! I also have a cat and a dog. 

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    Ayaka BehanNov 3, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    I believe that teachers should have fair pay! If they don’t get enough they shold have a lot of money because they work hard for their students!

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    cynthia xiaOct 27, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    that’s good, teacher is so hard for work.

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    Mia HaberstrohOct 27, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    they should get paid more ong-

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    TeaganOct 27, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    give teachers more pay.

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    Drake SuttonOct 27, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    Teachers are the backbone of our education system. They play a crucial role in shaping the future of our society by educating and inspiring the next generation. However, despite their essential role, they are often undervalued and underpaid. They spend countless hours preparing lesson plans, grading assignments, and providing individualized attention to their students. In addition, they often spend their own money on classroom supplies and materials. Increasing their pay would not only show appreciation for their hard work but also attract and retain more talented individuals into the teaching profession. Ultimately, investing in our teachers is an investment in our future.

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      Isabela Borghi ZechimOct 27, 2023 at 6:33 pm

      I love this!

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      Olivia HuffmireOct 30, 2023 at 4:11 pm

      I think you would do well here at TMS Press! I love this

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    Rocco LozadaOct 27, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah!! Pay teachers more fairly!

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    Charlotte JacobsOct 27, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    I definitely support it. Many teachers not just in the school district TVUSD are getting underpaid.

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    Muni GargOct 27, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Teachers should be payed more as they work so hard.

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    Lucas DeisOct 27, 2023 at 10:30 am

    I support them they need more money

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    Laila WilliamsOct 26, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Give teachers more pay, I support