Author: Salimah Jasani and Julie Crookston

Teacher Pay, Part II: How can we increase teacher pay?

In this two-part series, Julie Crookston and Salimah Jasani dissect the issue of teacher pay in the United States. This second piece considers different options for increasing teacher pay in the United States. (See Part I, Why Give Teachers Raises?) ___ Options for Increasing Teacher Pay While it is widely accepted that teacher salaries should be higher, the common belief is that increasing salaries is politically infeasible or simply too expensive. The reality, however, is that there are several different options for funding salary increases at every level of the education system: district, state, and federal. A number of...

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Teacher Pay, Part I: Why Increase Teacher Pay?

In this two-part series, Julie Crookston and Salimah Jasani dissect the issue of teacher pay in the United States. This first piece considers the empirical reasoning for increasing pay, while Part II examines funding methods. (See Part II, How Can We Increase Teacher Pay?) ___ Headlines over the past several months have made clear to policymakers what those in the education field have known for decades: teachers are not paid enough. Waves of teacher strikes in Oakland, West Virginia, Denver, and Los Angeles – all in 2019 alone – have increased the urgency of the situation nationwide. While most...

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