We should pay teachers more

posted by
December 8, 2016
Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  
Posted in Commentary

"I've heard the argument many times: teachers should be paid more. According to the slightly out of date figures on the NEA website, the average starting pay for teachers in the 2012-13 school year was $36,141. At least part of the argument is that we could have a better educational system if we paid teachers more. Why would we get better educational outcomes if we paid teachers more? The most obvious answer is: we could hire better teachers. The teachers we have now are the best we can get at the salaries we now pay. If we're happy with the quality of the teachers we now have, we don't have to pay more." (12/07/16)



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