Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NEA Study Reveals Teacher Salaries Remained Stagnant for Last Decade

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NEA Study Reveals Teacher Salaries Remained Stagnant for Last Decade

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WASHINGTON

Despite the rise in school enrollments and the chronic teacher shortage faced by many school districts, a state-by-state report released recently by the National Education Association shows teacher salary levels have barely budged over the past 10 years, complicating the nation's efforts to attract and retain qualified teachers.

The report, "Rankings & Estimates: Rankings of the States 2004 and Estimates of School Statistics 2005," also demonstrates that other critical investments in U.S. public schools are not keeping pace with the needs of children.

Over the last decade, teacher salaries have remained flat, growing at just 2.8 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. Fifteen states saw real declines in average teacher salaries between the 1993-1994 and 2003-2004 school years. Among them were: Alaska (-4.3 percent), Kansas (-0.4 percent), Connecticut (-9.4 percent), Wisconsin (-6.3 percent) and New York (-5.2 percent).

According to NEA President Reginald Weaver, "Every child should be able to attend a great public school and have what he or she needs to succeed - highly qualified teachers, small class sizes and up-to-date textbooks and materials. …

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