In 1979, teachers earned 5.5% less than comparable workers. Today the teacher pay gap has grown to 18.7%.
The widening pay inequities endured by educators for too long are finally front and center. So are the reckless tax cuts that helped create the crisis.
Up before dawn and into the night, many educators struggle with second jobs to help make ends meet.
NEA calls on Congress to make good on our collective promise to public servants who have served their communities for years.
The pay gap between educators and comparable workers is wider than it’s ever been, blocking efforts to recruit and retain new teachers.