Compensation actually costs the taxpayer nearly $120,000 per year…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Public school teachers across the country have staged walkouts in an attempt to secure wage raises, but salaries are only one part of what — in many school districts — are very significant compensation, according to Just Facts.
Teacher compensation actually costs the taxpayer nearly $120,000 per year, although public school teachers have claimed they are extremely underpaid.
CNN published an article claiming that in most districts of Oklahoma, “a teacher with a doctorate degree and 30 years’ experience will never make more than $50,000 a year.”
The Department of Education, however, reported that in the 2016-17 school year, the average salary of a full-time public school teacher was $58,950 in the U.S.
That figure excludes benefits, such as health insurance, paid leave, and pensions.
The Department of Labor said these benefits comprise nearly 33 percent of teachers’ compensation, and when included in the total figure, they raise average salaries to $87,854 in the U.S.
Just Facts, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, reported that with all factors included, like the varied cost of living between states, the average annual compensation for Oklahoma teachers in 2016-17 was actually $102,943 — more than double what CNN said “a teacher with a doctorate degree and 30 years’ experience will never make.”
A few days the walkouts in Oklahoma began, the state raised the average salary of teachers by $6,100.
Just Facts said the mainstream media has created a false narrative, misinforming the public about teacher compensation.
This, in and of itself, hurts education more than teacher walkouts, the organization said.
“Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and an early visionary of public education, wrote that ‘the diffusion of knowledge among the people’ is the only ‘sure foundation’ for the ‘preservation of freedom and happiness,’” Just Facts said. “Thus, when media outlets misinform people about education, they thwart the very purpose of education.”