Creative Solutions to Solve the Nationwide Teacher Shortage

FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2021, file photo Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3-and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J. As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they are promising historic investments across all levels of education. The proposal includes universal prekindergarten, two years of free community college and expanded child care subsidies, among others. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Teachers in the U.S. haven’t seen a significant bump in pay in more than 20 years.

The average weekly wages of public school teachers, adjusted for inflation, has only increased 29 dollars between 1996 to 2021.

The data from a new report by the Economic Policy Institute focused on weekly teacher wages for those with at least a bachelor’s degree.

The results showed that teachers’ weekly wages have remained relatively flat for the past 25 years, starting at $1,052 in 1980 and growing to only $1,348 by 2020.

Other college grads who did not become teachers earned $1,364 in 1980 and saw their weekly wages grow up to $2,009 by 2020.

That difference in pay has recently widened even further, as the average wages were nearly 33 percent behind other college graduates by 2021, the largest difference observed since the 1980s.

Even with the worst of the pandemic behind us, the entire country is experiencing a shortage of teachers and the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro says educators are having to think outside the box to recruit more people into the teaching profession.

Will incentives like higher pay, easier paths to a teaching credential, or bonuses entice enough potential educators? Share your opinions on KGO 810’s Facebook and Twitter.

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