Shattering the Myth of Teacher Pay

[Preface- As many of you know, Rodney, Jay Tea, and myself try to help cover the bases at Wizbang on the weekends. This weekend is a busy one for me, so I figured I’d throw out a hand-grenade I send out to my “mail blog” last summer. It touched off a lively discussion back then causing me to clarify my point. For now I’ll start with the original post. .]

From CNN(AP) July 4, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average teacher salary hit almost $44,400 last year, according to a survey by the American Federation of Teachers.

That salary reflected a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year. New teachers were paid an average starting salary of $30,719, up 3.2 percent.

The figures were for the 2001-02 school year, the most recent available.

Notice that was from 2 3 years ago, teacher pay has increased since then.

OK, find for me a job where you make $45,000 a year, get 3 months paid vacation and get off at 3 in the afternoon.

It is a myth that teachers are underpaid.

That comes out to over $32/hr with full benefits and retirement.

If they worked the full year at that rate, they would make over $64,000 a year plus benefits.

Considering Bill Clinton and Al Gore defined being rich as making more than $72,000 a year, that ain’t bad.

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