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Compensation to public school teachers overcharges the American public by more than $120 billion a year?

~ The Rebel ~ 2011/12/28 10:20:27

Compensation to public school teachers overcharges the American public by more than $120 billion a year, according to a joint study by two of the country’s largest public policy research institutes.

One of the two big teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), defensively says the implication that teachers are overpaid “defies common sense.” AFT even derisively asks, “If teachers are so overpaid then why aren’t more ‘1 percenters’ banging down the doors to enter the teaching profession?”

The large and complex study of compensation of public school teachers said, “No one doubts the significance of high-quality teachers in the school system and to the economy in general, but even the most important public workers should be paid at a level commensurate with their skills—no more, no less.”

The study was conducted by Jason Richwine, PhD, senior policy analyst in the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation, and Andrew G. Biggs, PhD, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Their research was scholarly and meticulous, even if jarring to the teachers unions.

The study said, “Overall, public school teacher compensation exceeds private levels by approximately 52 percent.” During the recent recession and state and local budget crunch, the study pointed out, some teachers were laid off. It was not the ugly, mass firing Obama has groused about, however.

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  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2011/12/28 14:38:58
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    How many of these teachers and school districts have a high Fail rate ? So many have less than a HS Graduation rate of 70%, in most jobs that's a Fail and earns you a Pink slip not a raise and tenure.

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  • Katherine 2012/01/27 23:19:55
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    Want to know how they're overpaid? A while back there was a story about a school being closed down, relatively close to me. They said they had to stop building because they ran out of money. The article was suggestive of raising more taxes -- for the children. They said the cost runs.. roughly $8ooo per student on average. So I did some searching and found a school that cost $5ooo per student. The SAT scores for the school are 500 points above the state average, there's only about 20 students per classroom as opposed to 38, and they had more elective classes. So why the hell are we paying more and getting less?
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2011/12/30 16:31:59
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    Not to say that teachers can't do any better, but you must understand that failure rates are usually a result of students' own negligence and apathy. Teachers are one of the most underpaid professions that a bachelor's degree can yield; cutting the pay isn't going to improve anything.
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2011/12/28 14:38:58
    Demonic Rat Hunter
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    How many of these teachers and school districts have a high Fail rate ? So many have less than a HS Graduation rate of 70%, in most jobs that's a Fail and earns you a Pink slip not a raise and tenure.
  • Typhoon Demonic... 2011/12/28 18:46:51
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    Exactly.
  • HearMe~AFCL 2011/12/28 12:51:10
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    Why am I not surprised.
    teachers overpayed

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