Or something. David Wescott brings a strong dose of reality to the myth of overpaid public sector workers:
Wisconsin has some economic problems, but overpaying teachers is not one of them. The starting salary for a teacher in Wisconsin: $25,000. College degree required, along with extensive review and licensing issues. Your average teacher can look forward to a salary somewhere in the mid 40’s. This is NOT a lot of money. Despite this, the teachers’ unions have already conceded to the GOP’s demands to cut their salary and benefits. So the budget arguments are off the table.
The average household income in Wisconsin is $51,222. Wescott puts this in context:
Attention, potential teachers: You can now make more money working full-time in food service or retail. Especially if you join a union.
One of the implicit assumptions of the education reformists is that teachers will respond to incentives, such as merit pay or losing their jobs if they perform poorly. So what incentive does a starting $25,000 salary provide? Especially if you have student loans to pay?