Teacher pay rises
The average teacher earns $44,367 a year, according to the American Federation of Teachers annual survey. That’s an increase of 2.7 percent. New teachers average $30,719. California tops the list, paying $54,348 to the average teacher; Michigan, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York also are at the top of the list. The cheapest teachers work in South Dakota, earning $31,383.
While the teacher shortage has eased, AFT said math, physics, biology and Spanish teachers remain in short supply.
By the way, while the National Education Association has declared war on No Child Left Behind, AFT is trying to take the middle ground. AFT plans to challenge the criteria used to determine failing schools, but isn’t opposed to testing students.