Teachers demonstrate at Madison Square Garden for higher wages
(06/02/05) MANHATTAN ? Thousands of teachers held a demonstration at Madison Square Garden in New York City Thursday to demand higher salaries.
Those who took part in the demonstration say city teachers are paid 15 percent less than educators in suburban areas. According to some teachers, the pay difference makes it difficult to attract the best candidates to city schools. Some instructors also say working conditions, such as large class sizes, make it difficult for teachers to do their job.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg?s (R-NY) office responded by citing higher test scores as proof that the city?s education system is on the right track. Representatives from the mayor?s office also say Bloomberg has given teachers the largest raise in history.