Teacher Layoffs Widen Financial Stress
Richard Thomas has eliminated his land-line phone and cut his cable television and uses his air conditioning sparingly. When he shops he searches for sale items, and despite 142,000 miles on the odometer, he’s sticking with his 2003 Dodge Dakota. Thomas, a single father of two, teaches science at Gray Station Middle School in Jones County. He’s so far avoided the layoffs hitting teachers across the state, but he’s lost the supplement he once was paid for earning an advanced degree, and was furloughed last year, losing six days of pay.