Originally posted by: reitz
Originally posted by: Whisper
Yeah, it's pretty bad how just about every public school district treats their teachers...for having such a HUGELY important job and list of responsibilities (especially in special education/learning disability classrooms) they make nowhere near what they're worth.
Nowhere near what they're worth? Now I'm no enemy of teachers (my mother is one), but it really gets me when people complain about the poor, underpaid teachers.
...beginning teachers with a bachelor's degree earned an average of $27,989 in the 1999-2000 school year. The estimated average salary of all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the 1999-2000 school year was $41,820.
I don't know about you, but I think that an average of almost $42,000 for nine months of work, all holidays off, sweet pensions, and in many cases indefinite job security (with tenure) is pretty good. With the unions they have in Pennsylvania, they can't even be held accountable for their job performance. The district I attended starts new teachers out at over $34,000 with just a bachelor's degree. Underpaid? I think not.