Education Funding Report Roundup

Teacher Pay

By Stephen Sawchuk — August 07, 2012 1 min read

Despite little research supporting the practice, paying teachers for earning advanced degrees continues to cost states billions of dollars—in 2007-08, an estimated $14.8 billion, or 72 percent more than just four years earlier, according to a report by the Center for American Progress.

The Washington-based think tank’s report contends that the money could be better spent on other compensation plans, such as offering more to teachers in shortage fields, like mathematics or special education; higher salaries to retain the best teachers; or incentives to teachers who take difficult teaching assignments.

A version of this article appeared in the August 08, 2012 edition of Education Week

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