Teachers Union Eyes $40G Starting Salary, reported by the Associated Press at Yahoo News.
The typical starting salary for teachers should be $40,000, the head of the country’s largest education union said Sunday, pledging a renewed fight for higher pay.
But the National Education Association’s challenge is enormous. Not a single state pays its new instructors an average of $40,000, with the U.S. average hovering close to $30,000 for beginning teachers, according to the American Federation of Teachers, another teachers union.
What’s your starting salary? What about your salary five years later?
Of course, one of the main reasons of discontent is buried in a paragraph towards the end: “an increasing number of states and districts want to make classroom performance or student scores a bigger factor in teacher pay.”
Good teachers get paid the same as mediocre teachers, or even bad teachers. Increasing the starting pay is good. Providing incentives for continued good performance is better.
Story found via The Huffington Post. If you want to really see something, check the comments being posted at that site. And I wondered why the education system is so bad. If the lack of respect shown in the comments is any indication, then we’re going to continue to see wife-beating football players being revered and respected above educators and leaders. And things don’t look like they’re going to improve.