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Teacher rarely sees own daughter, wonders if it’s worth it

In today’s Soapbox, one teacher writes that she works two jobs to avoid relying on food stamps and to allow her daughter to participate in dance and gymnastics.

This work leaves very little time for her five-year-old daughter. She hopes she has made the right decision to spend most of her time increasing her income so that her daughter has more opportunities, but she wonders.

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3 Comments


  1. Tommy

    November 17, 2013 at 12:05 am

    There is no mention of the teacher’s husband or child’s father’s income or level of support. Is that included in the 43 K income listed?

  2. Jim

    November 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    This lady claims that she qualifies for food stamps. When I just checked the for NC DSS, it says that for a family of three, the maximum income threshold is $38K. She makes more than that on her one teaching salary. Is she lying about something?

  3. Daphne

    November 21, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Very few teachers in NC make $38K. More like $30K if less than 7 years. Sometimes local supplements can make a significant difference, though.

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