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We are a pair of twins who went to a community college and, through scholarships, got bachelors and masters degrees without debt. We were lucky then.
One of us got a job teaching but was laid off. Two years laster she got a job teaching and went through emotional hell before leaving. She still wants to teach. One of us got a job as a substitute teacher and has worked there for years; everyone knows and loves her but she has yet to be given a full time job there despite several opportunities.
For two years now we’ve been living off substitute paychecks while teachers are repeatedly encouraged to not take sick days, or to take their prep periods to cover someone else. The two of us were called in a grand total of 12 times last school year.
We currently live with out parents and have cut out every conceivable cost we can think of: if we don’t have work, we sit at home in order to save money.
And yet we will be out of money by the end of the year.
We are the 99%, and we don’t know how much longer we can make our old paychecks last.