I do not know about the rest of the country. However, in the city of NY teachers between, salary and fringes are more than adequately compensated
The average teacher salary in New York for the 2004-05 school year was $55,665, up 0.9 percent from the previous year when it was ranked third. New York was ranked fifth in the nation for beginning teacher salary, at $37,321, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2004.
The average teacher salary nationally in 2004-05 was $47,602, a 2.2 percent increase from the previous year. This falls short of the rate of inflation for that year, which was 3.4 percent. Between 2003 and 2005, the buying power of the average teacher salary decreased by almost $800.
Education is paid for by taxes. People hate taxes.
I taught public high school science in a very wealthy community for several years. I quit and went back into Engineering. I am now doing less work... with less stress and making twice what I made as a teacher.
As a taxpayer... I would be happy to pay more in order to invest more in education.
Few teachers begin a school year without stocking up on classroom supplies. But paying for needed items quickly can empty wallets. Fortunately for Rodriguez and Wilkinson, they likely won't have to pay for items they spied on their trip.
Their school, Terrace Community Middle, is throwing them and the rest of the faculty a teacher shower. Teachers register for desired school supplies, and parents have the option of buying the supplies to be given as gifts at a party.
Terrace Community is among a growing number of schools turning to registries and other donation-driven programs to help teachers acquire school supplies.
"This is a big help because it can get costly," Rodriguez said. She and Wilkinson visited a Target store Thursday to register for supplies. Parents can log on to Target.com and choose items off the teachers' wish lists.
Well, be sure to count the extra supplies in the budget.
That's very kind and thoughtful of you, buying those extras. And you've got me thinking. My stepkids are adults so, I have no need to buy school supplies. Not until somebody gives me a grandchild, that is. But I could donate supplies now, couldn't I? Is there an organization that accepts donated school supplies? Like Toys for Tots, which I do every year?
I wonder if not only is it a devaluing of women in work but if it's also a devaluing of children, or at least of children who are public schooled.
Jespah wrote:I wonder if not only is it a devaluing of women in work but if it's also a devaluing of children, or at least of children who are public schooled.
I absolutely agree. In our society children are devalued. As an attorney, you must have had experience with kids who were obliged to be returned to uncaring parents, because the parents had the "right" to them, as if they were chattel.