Comments on: A teachable moment Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:58:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: DrData Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:14:25 +0000 Your argument might be more compelling if you had confirmed the statistics cited by the Atlantic Monthly. According to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - ml – the average teacher salary in 2010 was $49,093 and average benefits were $25,750, for a total compensation of $74,843.55. The highest salary was $116.006 with benefits of $26,067 for a total compensation package of $143,133. This value was reported for East Troy Community School District (avg. student expenditure of $9,277).

Similarly, the average administrator salary was $77,857.02 and average fringe benefits of $29,694.40, for a total compensation package of $107,551.42. The high salary was $198,500 with benefits of $58,215, for a total compensation package of $256,715.

Clearly the average educator receives a handsome five figure compensation package of nearly $75,000, all of which is provided by the tax payers of the state of Wisconsin. It is spurious to compare compensation of tax payer funded positions with positions in various Wall Street companies. The better comparison is against the employees in the state of Wisconsin. Average household income (proxy for salaries) in 2009 in Wisconsin (most recent data) was $49,993 ( Excluding benefits, the average teacher salary of $49,093 was comparable to the ENTIRE household income in 2009. I submit the private sector employees in Wisconsin would be pleased to have average compensation packages of nearly $75,000. That would represent a huge pay raise.

By: Guddy Tue, 08 Mar 2011 18:48:47 +0000 There is a wave of boomer teachers who are retiring. These teachers have 30-40 years of experience. There are 10’s of thousands that will no longer be in the classroom. Anyone younger then 35 probably had many of these teachers. Your education depended upon them, if they are all so inferior then that implies you are too.
Where are the teachers coming from to replace the retirees?
I wouldn’t recommend a college grad to enter the profession with worse salaries, benefits and working conditions then exist now.
Remember, most teachers chose to work with your children because they love to give back and pass-on their knowledge to the new generations. We also appreciate the fact that those who will make a future difference in our society depend upon us to assure they have the skills and tools to do so. Most of us are not in it to make a financial killing.., just a comfortable middle class quality of life would be enough.
If you can’t find a way to pay and support your teachers to assure us of a reasonable life, then most of the talented graduates will find something better to do and you will end up with the desperately inferiors you so dread.
Sincerely, a good teacher.

By: DrJJJJ Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:45:04 +0000 Compensation is based on supply & demand! Plenty willing and able to teach our kids the basics for far less! When you factor in leagcy costs and the fact that most teachers are boomers earning closer to the max, the math doesn’t add up-ask a math teacher! Schools don’t need to look like upscale health clubs either! We have a small, suburban school that blew most of their budget on a new sports stadium for the few at the expense of the majority of students! We need to live at or below our means, the public sector must shrink and yes, taxes will need to rise too! We’ve waited much too long!

By: Potatoe1 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:32:13 +0000 $200,000 is middle class income, not a high income when it comes to tax breaks, but $50,000 is robbery when paid to a state employee?
The banks have also shifted from bonuses to higher salaries after the talk of taxing bonuses at a higher rate, so mentioning bonuses only is not painting the whole picture.

By: DPender Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:30:37 +0000 What are we doing to compete? Dumbing down our kids with inferior teachers that’s what.