But Don't Teachers Get the Summer Off?
Yes. But consider this scenario:
A public school teacher gets paid by the contract day, which technically begins at 8 am when students arrive and ends at 3 pm when students leave. That equates to 35 hours a week. In order to grade papers, plan lessons, and collaborate with colleagues (all things good teachers do!), that same teacher ends up working closer to 50 hours a week.
Let's now consider the average, 36 week school year. Over that time, a teacher would have racked up a total of 1800 hours worked. That averages out to about a 35 hour work week, all year long.
Yes, teachers get the summer off, but I promise you, they have put in the extra time throughout the school year.