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With U.S. schools facing enormous pressure to improve, even as state and local budgets continue to evaporate, teacher compensation is the latest flashpoint in debates about education reform.

Though some critics argue that teachers are overpaid (see "Hey teachers: The Heritage Foundation thinks you’re overpaid"), many believe it’s just the opposite (see "Four fallacies of the 'teachers are overpaid' argument" and "Teachers facing low salaries opt to moonlight").

To get our readers' perspective, we recently...

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