Lots of people seem to be ga-ga over Time's pity party for public school teachers.
Haven't read the story, but what kind of decisions, besides becoming a teacher, led to this woman's financial distress?
I've know many teachers over the years, some in reasonably well paying suburban public school systems, others in rural systems where pay was poor, but was probably in-line or better than many in the same community were earning.
None expressed or showed signs of being in dire financial straits.
Frankly, I'm more concerned how raising property taxes (typically a means to finance public schools) to give teacher raises would impact families of all types as they struggle to meet their obligations.
Property tax rates have increased significantly in the past two to three decades, as local governments promise more and better services to both the community at large and special interest communities.
I'm tired of preachy media, and government employees, thinking all they need do to dole out pay raises for their public sector darlings is to click their heals and tax the rest of us more.