[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.