I believe we will continue to see more and more of these letters about teachers not getting paid. I can't think of much that makes me more passionate than those who bounce checks on unsuspecting people or employers that bring such injustice on their employees.
As a parent, I find the idea that a child's school might not be paying their staff horrifying! I applauded when unpaid teachers in Lakewood walked out because I don't think anyone should put up with such treatment. Months later, it doesn't seem teachers in other schools have jumped on that band wagon. I really don't understand why teachers don't just up and quit after two or three months of not being paid. I do understand why the schools don't do what some businesses and even government are doing/have done which is closing the doors for a period of time. The schools don't want to admit defeat and still want to "make Shabbos for themselves," a trend noted by Marvin Schick. We can't detract from the dedication these teachers have, something I have a hard time relating to being that the reason I work is primarily for the money. It isn't easy when chesed and work cross paths.
But I don't believe that non-payment is a matter of being "simply unable to pay their teachers." I think the issue of teachers not being paid is a much bigger issue, and that issue is not knowing and/or remaining in perpetual denial, about when it is time to have a "Total Money Makeover" (a reference to Dave Ramsey's book on personal finance). Insolvency, or near insolvency, is something that the financial records should show coming.
Personally, if I found out that my own school wasn't paying their employees, I'd (hope that I would) take my own "drastic" step and pull my kids out. If the school can't manage the money I and others have already paid, I don't see a lot of purpose in giving them even more money to handle with no detailed plan regarding the long term. And if the schools aren't announcing their own "Total Money Makeover," no matter how unpopular, I'm not sure that a giving them a band aid is of any long term consequence.
(I apologize if I'm in a negative mood this afternoon. I am in one! Wish I could talk about that, but I can't. So you get this instead. It is related.)
HAVEN’T GOTTEN PAID IN MONTHS
This letter is to make the general public aware of a situation that needs to be addressed. There are yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs that are simply unable to pay their teachers. If you are in a financial situation which allows you to help, please get involved. Before you take that well-needed vacation, buy that luxury car, or redecorate your home, please consider the option of scaling down and spending what you would have spent on yourself to help the mechanchim who are going to work despite not being paid. Exceptional times call for exceptional measures. Won't you step up to the plate and help the schools meet their payroll? By the way, teachers aren't the only ones struggling. Please support all mosdos of tzedaka in the most generous way possible.
A Teacher Whose Last Paycheck Was in