TIME Money: 7 Big Things You Should Understand About Teacher Pay, According to Teachers

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TIME Money: 7 Big Things You Should Understand About Teacher Pay, According to Teachers

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TIME Money: 7 Big Things You Should Understand About Teacher Pay, According to Teachers

Jennifer Calfas – September 10, 2018

Key points:

  • Over the last year, educators in a number of states have launched protests, strikes, and walkouts to draw attention to what they say is unfair pay and work conditions.
  • Teaching in America now appears to have reached a tipping point. Low wages have driven some teachers out of the profession entirely, and fewer people want to become educators—heightening a teacher shortage crisis as class sizes grow larger and educators take on extra roles.
  • Many work second or third jobs to make ends meet and pick up extra responsibilities in the school district for extra cash.
  • That includes during the summer, when a lot of educators spend time teaching summer school, picking up more restaurant shifts than during the school year, or spending weeks in training and preparing new lesson plans.
  • A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute found that public school teachers earn on average hundreds of dollars less a week—about 18.7% less—than other college graduates with full-time jobs.
  • Many teachers do not receive paychecks during the summer. Some school districts offer teachers a 12-month paycheck schedule, but many don’t.
  • Of the money teachers do make, a portion of it is spent back on the classroom. A recent Department of Education survey found that, between 2014 and 2015, a startling 94% of public school teachers paid for school supplies without reimbursement from their school districts.
  • In addition to out-of-pocket costs, educators say they often face a heavy emotional outlay.
  • Indeed, many teachers did not go into the profession for its wages and hours. Many come into the field to help children develop and learn—and to make a difference in their lives. But teachers feel like they aren’t seen this way—and they want that to change.

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