Teachers routinely grumble about being underpaid, and some certainly are. But an op-ed by researchers Jay Greene and Marcus Winters in the Philadelphia Daily News takes issue with this common gripe. They say that factoring in leave time, generous benefits, and the number of hours worked (nine months for many teachers compared to a full year in most other professions), teachers actually earn more per hour than many other white collar workers. The two researchers analyzed salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to come up with this report which lays out the claim that teachers aren’t as underpaid as many people think.
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