I am Mrs. Deyshia Hargrave

And so are the 3.2 million public school teachers working in schools across the United States.

Deyisha Hargrave
Picture of Mrs. Deyshia Hargrave in the Rene A. Rost Middle School Yearbook, 2017-2018


On Monday, January 8, 2018, Ms. Deyshia Hargrave, a veteran public school teacher, questioned the Vermillion Parish School District’s Board of Education’s decision to raise the salary of Superintendent Jerome Puyau (by over $30,000). When speaking at the meeting, Ms. Hargrave said:

 “We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have. And as I’ve been teaching the last few years I’ve seen class sizes grow enormously. . . . It’s a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish.”

According to the website Teaching Degree, , the mean wage of public school teachers in Louisiana is between $43,000 to $48,000. These figures include benefits.

The teachers in Vermillion Parish have toiled for six years without a pay increase. Six years.CLICK TO TWEET

After the board approved the Superintendent’s raise, it yielded to Ms. Hargrave again, where she calmly stated:  “I have a serious issue with a superintendent, or any person in a position of leadership, getting any type of raise. It’s absurd that we’re even considering giving someone a raise when these teachers are working this hard and not getting a dime.”

Anthony Fontana, President of the Board, banged his gavel, proclaiming: “Stop right now, that’s not germane to what’s on the agenda.”

Not germane to the agenda? What could be more relevant to the discussion of an employee contract than the approval of a $38,000 increase in the salary of a school leader, especially in a school district that has failed to increase teachers’ compensation?

The silencing of Ms. Hargrave is enough to cause fury among teachers everywhere. Moreover, she was subsequently escorted out of the meeting in handcuffs, arrested, detained, and forced to post bond on the charges of resisting arrest!

Watch the full video here.

So why are teachers like Ms. Hargrave willing to speak out?  The answer lies in the erosion of support for public schools, teachers, and other people’s children.


2 thoughts on “I am Mrs. Deyshia Hargrave

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  1. thank god goddess for my public school teachers! They were never paid enuff. The ones who cared about us… will never be forgotten. YOU rock Momma Brown. And Deyshia Hargrave is amazing… I can’t believe how she was treated! What was that???? Meanwhile Trump gets away with any and all theft and transgressions????
    Anyhow, I love your voice and posts!!!


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