- Jul 2014
I know all states are not alike in paying teachers. I think one member said in her state, the starting pay for a teacher is 10 dollars an hour. I'm still shocked at that.Average salary for a Cleveland teacher is about 30K at the elementary and middle school level. Not all States are like California. TBH, with the amount of wealth that lives in California, there should not be any poverty problems. Most of the 1%'ers live in California and between the State taxes collected combined with sales and property tax...your schools should be funded well. I am sure East LA has its problems just like any other. Poverty and violence goes hand in hand....every where.
Imagine 20 killings near your child's school every year. That's the reality in part of L.A.
Campus Threats, Arrests Increase During 2017-2018 LA School Year
After reading a few of these articles about LA schools, I am thinking there are not too many teachers signing up for this at 57K a year. Do they live in their cars like the professionals in Silicon Valley?
If you don't pay teachers well, then you will not get the best ones, so to speak. . Data shows that fewer people are going to college to become teachers.
My particular school district is pretty well funded because of the property tax. While other districts in CA are not, like the urban areas.
Again, I think having most of the school funding coming from property taxes is a bad idea. We do better as a country when everyone gets a good k-12 education. Good education means having good job prospects.
We used to rank pretty high when it came to our public education. Now not so much.
And that's is a shame.
I know a lot of people want to blame that on the "Unions" - when in fact, most teachers go into teaching because that is their passion. Knowing that they are not going to be millionaires by doing that job. Both my mom and dad were teachers. I had a solid middle class upbring.
Now of a lot of teachers, not so much. Work 2 jobs and have to pay for all their classroom supplies.
We are a better country than that.