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Teachers, facing low salaries, high expenses, search the want ads for second jobs
MIAMI (AP) ' By day, Wade Brosz teaches history at a Florida middle school. By night, he is a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness.
Brosz took the part-time job at the gym after his teaching salary was frozen, summer school was reduced, and the state bonus for board certified teachers was cut.
Second jobs are not a new phenomenon for teachers, who have historically been paid less than other professionals. In 1981, about 11 percent of teachers were moonlighting; the number has risen to about one in five today. They are bartenders, tutors, bus drivers and even lawnmowers.
Now, with the severe cuts many districts have made, teachers are searching for extra work.
In Texas, for example, the percentage who moonlight has increased from 22 percent in 1980 to 41 percent in 2010.