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Regarding Matthew Marlin's Feb. 13 letter ("The State's Pension Example Is Far Too Low"), I'd like to take him up on his offer to give $100 to my favorite charity if I can name one district paying less than $90,000.

It should be remembered that the minimum salary, set by the state, for a beginning teacher with a bachelor's degree is only $18,000 per year.

Currently, there are 14 districts that do not have a career rate of $90,000 for those with at least a master's degree and 30 years of experience. The lowest five, with the salaries attached are: Wilkinsburg ($75,570); Duquesne City ($78,909); Cornell ($80,000); Sto-Rox ($80,180); and Highlands ($83,185). The other school districts below $90,000 are: Riverview, Shaler, South Allegheny, Clairton, Elizabeth Forward; Mc-Keesport; Northgate, Penn Hills and Allegheny Valley.

Since I have named 14 districts in Allegheny County, I would look forward to his donations of $100 for each district ($1,400).

My favorite charities are the Westmoreland County Food Bank and/or the KDKA Turkey Fund. I expect that he will send the money forthwith. He can verify any of these numbers by simply calling the business office of any of the districts listed.

EDWARD BLOTZER
Jeannette

The writer is a retired teacher from the Wilkinsburg School District.


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