A pay raise for teachers

Professional athletes, business owners, political officials, most are millionaires others are prominent figures in our society. They all received their start with the support of teachers. You would think in the richest country in the world could afford to reward our teachers with a better salary. Without them, all of their destinies may not have been possible.

According to the Learning Policy Institute almost 20% of teachers leave the profession because of low pay. The average salary of a teacher is $60,000 for the year of 2017 – 2018 . A starting salary for a teach in the US is below $40,000. According to the Economic Policy Institute report teachers are paid 21.4% less than similarly educated and experienced professionals. We are confronted with significant teacher shortage, some legislators disregard the role professional compensation plays in recruitment and retention.

When elected I will:

  1. Create a stipend that will be paid through the Department of Education $1,500 per month for every teacher. The stipend will help boost teacher’s salary while states will continue to pay their average salary.
  2. Reform the Teacher Forgiveness Program. The Teacher Forgiveness Program is unattainable and ineffective. Currently in order to become eligible you must not have an outstanding balance on Direct Loans or Federal Family Education Loans. You must be employed full time and complete five consecutive academic years. Loans must be made before the end of the fifth academic year of qualifying teaching service. My plan will modify the existing program by:
    1. After one year of teacher service the Department of Education will pay up to $7,000 per year of the teacher’s federal student loans.
    2. After the competition of ten consecutive academic years all federal student loans will be forgiven.
  3. Increase federal funding for public colleges and universities.

Carver-Thomas, Desiree and Linda Darling-Hammond. Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It. Learning Policy Institute, September 2017.

Teacher Compensation: Fact vs Fiction. http://www.nea.org/home/12661.htm