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Thank You, Sarah Silverman

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Last month, Sarah Silverman teamed up with Levo and encouraged women to ask for a raise.

I followed her lead. Spoiler alert: it worked.

Prior to watching Silverman’s video, I honestly had never thought about asking for a raise. I was under the impression that I was fortunate to make what was offered to me, that I was lucky to be employed, and that I did not deserve more.

I am a Special Education teacher and have been teaching for eight years now. Last year, I was hired at a small public charter high school in Denver, The Academy of Urban Learning (AUL). The school serves students in at-risk situations like poverty, gangs, homelessness, drug abuse, and neglect. I am the only Special Education teacher employed at our school, and my work spans physical disabilities, specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and serious emotional disabilities.

A bit of backstory: during the 1980s, Denver Public Schools (DPS)…

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