… que já se iniciou há algum tempo, mas não pode ser continuado. A carreira docente não deixou de ser atractiva por causa do salário à entrada. Nunca foi isso que nos fez desistir. O problema está em tudo o que vem depois e que tem sido publicamente exposto de forma degradante pelo poder político. Não apenas por cá.
Teachers are suing the government over debt relief that never came—but their financial problems go much deeper than student loans.
Teachers have never been particularly well paid, but in recent decades their financial situation has gotten remarkably worse, mostly for two major reasons. The first is that pay has not grown, concludes a recent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, which finds that relative teacher wages “have been eroding for over half a century.” When adjusted for inflation, teachers’ average weekly pay has decreased by $21 from 1996 to 2018, according to the report, while that for other college graduates rose by $323. Data from the 2016-17 school year, the most recent for which federal statistics are available, show that K–12 teachers on average earned about $58,000 a year. In states such as Oklahoma and West Virginia—whose teaching forces each staged massive, high-profile strikes last year—the average pay is less than $46,000. In many places, educators are earning less in real terms than they did in 2009.
And the second pressure is the costs: In those same years that teacher pay has stagnated, common costs for a teacher’s household—housing, child care, higher education—have gotten much more expensive.