1. Let the states not only pay the salaries of school psychologists but also pick up the additional costs of their insurance, dental and vision care, and all other benefits similar to what we pay for teachers. There is no question that the states pay all of the costs of teachers, except their salaries and benefits, and I think the states should pay more. The reason is that you can always get a teacher who will work for less than you pay him, but you can't get a school psychologist for less than you pay him.
2. Teachers receive about 50% of their salary in health benefits and the other 50% in retirement benefits. I think we should give school psychologists the same benefits. I think we should raise the retirement age to sixty-five and increase the amount of the retirement benefits. They will be given jobs at the end of this year, but we cannot afford to have school psychologists with no health and retirement benefits. I think we should all vote in favor of a bill which will give school psychologists the same benefits that teachers have.
3. We should make school psychologists eligible for the same vacation and sick leave pay that teachers receive. The average teacher is away from his family for less than sixty days a year. A school psychologist is away from his family for about two weeks a month. I think we should make school psychologists eligible for the same vacation pay.
4. Teacher salaries should be increased by at least 5%. I think we should also increase the salaries of school psychologists by at least 5%. We should make our educational institutions self-sustaining.
I think that the greatest teacher shortage in this country today is that of the school psychologist. At least two-thirds of the elementary schools in the country have a psychologist, but as many as one-third of these schools have no psychologist on staff. I believe that this problem is a national one because every state in the union has similar experiences. I think we would solve this problem in a few ways:
I know there are many school psychologists who would be happy to work for half as much money as they are paid now. I also think that if we set up a program whereby we pay all of the costs of hiring school psychologists, the states would have to give those psychologists more money to make them competitive with other professionals and thus we would solve this problem.
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