How does teacher pay compare?

How does teacher pay compare?Recent claims have suggested that teachers are well compensated when work hours, weeks of work, or benefits packages are taken into account. In fact, teacher compensation lags that of workers with similar education and experience, as well as that of workers with comparable skill requirements. Incorporating benefits into the analysis does not alter the general picture—teachers remain at a substantial wage/pay disadvantage that has eroded considerably in the last 10 years. EPI’s education book, How does teacher pay compare? Methodological challenges and answers, reviews recent analyses of relative teacher compensation and provides a detailed analysis of trends in the relative weekly pay of elementary and secondary school teachers.

Education and economic development

Smart MoneyStrong economies compete on the basis of high value, not solely low cost. The most forward-thinking approach to increasing U.S. competitiveness is to equip today’s and tomorrow’s citizens with the skills and attitudes needed for economic and civic success in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. Existing research shows that a nation that invests in education generates real, quantifiable results. For a better understanding of why money spent wisely on education pays off not only for workers, but for communities and businesses, read EPI’s new book, Smart Money—Education and Economic Development.

Education columns archived

EPI launches a searchable archive of over 120 columns written by education scholar Richard Rothstein for The New York Times.

Class and SchoolsNew education book: Class and Schools

At the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling, the stubborn achievement gap between black and white students is a key measure of our country’s failure to achieve true equality. Federal and state officials are currently pursuing tougher accountability and other reforms at the school level to address this problem. In making schools their sole focus, however, these policy makers are neglecting an area that is vital to narrowing the achievement gap: social class differences that affect learning. The new book Class and Schools — co-published by the Economic Policy Institute and Teachers College, Columbia University — shows that social class differences in health care quality and access, nutrition, childrearing styles, housing quality and stability, parental occupation and aspirations, and even exposure to environmental toxins, play a significant part in how well children learn and ultimately succeed.