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    Posted March 2, 2013 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Teachers: Worried about forced spending cuts?

    What next?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     vferra7777 and his wife are both teachers in Virginia. He is a high school science teacher and she is a sign language interpreter. Being educators for several years, he predicts these spending cuts will most likely impact the special education sector the hardest. He says through the past four year they have seen their salaries drop two to three percent. Although he and his wife are financially stable, he worries for some of his colleagues who are going into teaching careers with several thousand dollars’ worth of education debt. 'The 24-year-old just out of college carrying thirty thousand dollars in debt and who gets laid off, I know lots of them. Or the parent doing the best they can is now worrying about their child losing a teaching aide who means so much to both of them. That hurts me,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Most of the US has felt the pain of the recession and the cuts in the budget. Some much more and some much less. My family is probably in the middle. My wife and I are both teachers in Virginia. I have been here 16 years so I feel pretty safe, my wife not so much. She has been with the county 5 years as of now.

    We consider ourselves incredibly blessed because we have other options/earning potential that some other teachers may not have. We own two businesses locally; one a pet shop [Off The Ark] and the other an educational branch involving the animals and our own talents. Both are doing very well, especially under the current and previous economic conditions. If needed, both will be a huge addition to lost income. My concern is my colleagues. Most are not so lucky. most have given a ton of energy and time to this profession. Most will be OK. Most will adapt. But what about the others. "what is next" for them?
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