Governor Kay Ivey has recently proposed a raise in teachers’ pay by at least 2.5 percent as well as all educational employees, although even a raise like that would not be enough payment and would still have teachers earning less than the national average salary.

Critical Issue

Amy Marlowe, Alabama Education Association assistant executive director, has expressed just how much of an issue this is and stated that “It’s critical,” and “to be honest, we’re grateful to Governor Ivey, but it really needs to be more than that to attract new talent.”

Teachers in Alabama were earning an average salary of $48,000 as of 2016, while neighboring states like Georgia and Florida earning slightly more. Teachers may receive more if they’ve earned a master’s degree or any higher education and an advanced degree. Teacher raise in salaries do occur occasionally whenever the state acts and earn small raises as they proceed with the educational occupation throughout the years, advancing in status and more.

Debt and More

Amy Marlowe also stated that “People are going into debt to get degrees,”. A decent salary is not enough to appeal to rising teachers. Raising salaries as well as the ability to earn more over the years is much more attractive as a notion to those looking to pursue an educational occupation like teaching.

Occupation as a teacher isn’t simply enough to retain already employed teachers and other employees but as Houston County Schools Superintendent David Sewell said before, a rise in teacher salary has helped him hold onto his staff of teachers. “It’ll boost morale.” Said Sewell and that he hoped that increased salaries would attract new and rising teachers and talent as well as keep those already employed satisfied and well-payed.