These charts show why America’s teachers are fired up and can’t take any more
How did things get this bad? Here are seven charts that help explain the problem.
Teaching is among the most respected professions in the US …
… and yet teachers’ wages are lower than those of other college graduates
You can finish school, take pretty much any white-collar job — accountant, human resources manager, whatever — and earn more than a teacher.
For years, their salaries have remained flat …
Salaries for US secondary school teachers have largely remained the same over the past two decades, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
… and their pay is falling behind that of other workers
In 2010, teachers earned 12% less than workers in similar professions. By 2015, that gap had grown to 17%.
In many states, funding for schools is plummeting
Some of the states that have cut money for schools the most in recent years — Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky — are also the ones currently grappling with teacher strikes and walkouts.
No wonder more teachers are leaving the profession …
… and the supply of aspiring teachers to replace them is drying up
CNN’s AJ Willingham and India Hayes contributed to this story.
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