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Is it so wrong for teachers to expect to be paid for a longer day?

In “A lesson from Lawrence” (Metro, Sept. 29), Yvonne Abraham holds the Boston Teachers Union up as a counterexample to the good work she feels is being done in Lawrence, where “teachers had no choice. Some grumbled at the longer day, but few left because of it.”

Abraham seems dismayed at Boston teachers’ unwillingness to work additional unpaid hours. But one can only wonder how Abraham would feel were she told that she now has to write, say, an additional four columns a week, unpaid, or pay for all of her own business supplies and expenses.

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