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Teacher Compensation: Fact vs. Fiction

Tired of hearing the myths used to keep educator salary inadequate? Here are the facts to clear up those misconceptions.
Published: September 1, 2018

According to the Learning Policy Institute (see downloads section for full report), almost 20% of teachers leave the profession because of low pay. Here’s how to counter some of the fallacies about teacher compensation.


Teachers are well paid because they have summers off.


Teachers spend summers working second jobs, teaching summer school, or taking classes (that they pay for) to advance their careers.

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