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10 States Where Teachers Are Paid The Worst: 24/7 Wall St. HuffPo

10 States Where Teachers Are Paid The Worst: 24/7 Wall St. HuffPo

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HuffPo shares the top 10 states that pay the lowest salaries to teachers.

Number 1? South Dakota. http://huff.to/flUc36

What are some ways to increase teacher salaries or at least to compensate them fairly? I know many teachers who pay out of their own pockets, without compensation, to purchase supplies for their students. They have more students than they can manage.

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Katherine Judd's picture
Katherine Judd
College writing and communications teacher

Personally, I believe Tennessee should be rated at a D-. Most teachers MUST carry a second job to both pay bills and provide for their students! This is a lose/lose situation! Most teachers (in TN) cannot afford to buy all the items the students need. I feel a better viewpoint is a return to base memorization for the lower levels. Also, use GOOD teachers! If teachers REQUIRE assistance to teach the subject, they need to return to school themselves. I realize this is NOT a popular viewpoint, and I apologize if I offend anyone. But I've seen this approach WORK!

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation

Interesting I know a lot of teachers who have second jobs, too. I recently heard of a collective of 10 or so families who are home-schooling about 15 kids. They recently hired some teachers who had been pinkslipped. The one family I know is really happy with this arrangement. I don't know the teachers personally, but I would be very curious to hear how it's going for them.

Katherine Judd's picture
Katherine Judd
College writing and communications teacher

"I don't know the teachers personally, but I would be very curious to hear how it's going for them."

As would I! I home-schooled my niece when she had knee surgery. Beyond following the base assignment, I felt free to teach those subjects in a manner that made sense to my niece. These teachers (mentioned above) probably teach per child instead of per classroom/course. I know it's difficult to do this in an ordinary classroom, but each child deserves that one-on-one attention, and it shows when these young people graduate and enter college.

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