Paraprofessional pay is an egregious wrong

To the editor:

It has come to my attention that paraprofessionals in the Pittsfield Public Schools are paid well below minimum wage. An exemption for municipalities in the state minimum wage law allows cities to do so.

Paraprofessional educators are an essential part of our education system. As we worry about the plight of fast-food workers we ignore those dedicated to our neediest students.

Most paraprofessionals that I know work at least two jobs just to make ends meet. While increasing their pay to minimum wage will not solve their financial circumstances, it would show that we appreciate them at least as much as the people waiting on us at McDonald's.

This in an egregious wrong that must be rectified.

Jonathan Douglas, Pittsfield