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Jerry P. Becker

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PAY TEACHERS MORE: FED. GOV'T
Posted: Aug 25, 2000 12:15 PM
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From the National Education Goals Panel weekly update, Thursday,
August 24, 2000, Volume 2, Number 68. See http://www.negp.gov
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PAY TEACHERS MORE: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT URGED TO GET INVOLVED

The federal government should take on a new role in education - that
of raising teacher salaries to the level of other professionals with
similar schooling, according to a report recently issued by the
research group, the Century Foundation. Under the group's plan, the
federal government would spend $2.3 billion a year, or $10,555 per
teacher to match new teacher starting salaries with those of
comparable entry-level professionals. To equalize the salaries of
all teachers with the pay of similarly educated professionals would
boost the amount to $60 billion, "a huge increase considering that
currently only $75 billion is spent on teacher salaries," reports the
Century Foundation.

Besides raising salaries, the paper on teacher quality issues also
calls on the federal government to set standards for the profession,
currently a state prerogative. For example, the paper argues that
high school teachers should be required to complete a college major
or minor in the subject they teach, at least a summer of coursework
in instructional techniques and a yearlong apprenticeship as a
student teacher.
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For more information, visit the Century Foundation at http://www.tcf.org
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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu





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