NC Policy Watch’s new feature “Your Soapbox”  has garnered a lot of responses from educators across the state. We created this feature to let educators tell their first-person stories of experiences in their lives and the classrooms. Today we feature the submission from a special education teacher struggling to make ends meet:
“… I have lost weight because I cannot afford to buy food. I am not able to buy supplies for my classroom because I cannot afford to pay for anything.
I am ashamed to say I am a teacher because I have other bills that I cannot pay because I do not make enough money. I am just not understanding the logic behind the state in treating teachers as though they are 2nd rate professionals. …”
For other submissions that we’ve already gotten, and for future entries, check out the “Your Soapbox” here. 
We look forward to more educators, and you can submit a voice of your own here.