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Silicon Valley high school teachers fight for better wages — again

Melanie Vega always knew she wanted to be a teacher. But with no guarantee of a raise going into next school year coupled with the daily stress of the job, she has decided to stop teaching and leave Campbell Union High School District. Vega, a 30-year-old English teacher who’s worked in the district for seven years, makes roughly $98,500 annually in addition to a master’s degree stipend. She still lives with her parents because she can’t afford to live where she works. Her yearly uphill battle for increased wages is not what she envisioned when she began her career. “When…

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