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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