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Opinion: Are students hurt by low-paid teachers?

Teacher salaries have recently been a major source of contention for both public employees and the public at large. Though not a groundbreaking revelation, the New York Times explains this week how a recent U.S. Department of Education study revealed teachers in poorer schools are paid lower salaries, says Becca Swanson for Yahoo! News. Education Nation explains the department’s findings that many school systems unfairly distribute money within their districts, favoring higher-income schools and providing less money for teacher salaries in low-income schools. These poorer students are then subjected to underpaid, novice teachers who move onto higher-paying positions once they gain experience. This leaves low-income schools with perpetually “new,” or, as they would have us believe, “bad” teachers…

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