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Quality of Texas teachers dropping with low pay

The quality of Texas’ teachers is dropping largely because of low pay in a competitive market, an expert economist testified Tuesday in the public school finance trial, the Associated Press reports. Duke University professor Jacob Vigdor said teacher salaries were 30 percent lower in Texas than for other college graduates and have fallen behind salaries paid in other Sun Belt states. He added 32 other states pay higher salaries, whereas Texas’ have not kept up with inflation since 2000. Vigdor was called to testify by attorneys for wealthy schools that are among the 600 districts to sue the state over $5.4 billion in cuts to school funding. The average Texas teacher salary is $47,311, well below the national average of $54,965. The pay is also historically low, noting that 50 years ago a teacher earned 50 percent more than a registered nurse in Texas, but now nurses earn 50 percent more than teachers…

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  1. jerryfoster55

    December 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    At some point, parents and policy-makes have to realize that they get what they pay for. We keep hearing that schools should run more like a business. Yes, they should because when a manufacturer wants high-producing sales people, it negotiates a better-than-average compensation package. Yes, schools should be run like a business, and we need to start with better business leaders (read that administrators and policy-makers) who can devise authentic ways to evaluate teacher performance, instead of relying on student scores on standardized tests. This is 2012, not 1912. Let’s pay administrators and policy-makers what the average teacher makes, and then as assessments improve for students and teachers, teachers will be paid more and so will administrators and policy-makers. Said another way, if administrator and policy-maker salaries were tied to student performance, we’d find better ways of teaching and assessing. Until then, the top feeders in the education ecosystem offer more lip-service than real solutions.