The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a proposal to increase elementary and secondary teacher pay in high poverty schools. CAP proposed boosting teacher pay by as much as $10,000 (or $190 per week) in high poverty-schools using the federal tax code.
A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that on average, U.S. teachers earn less than 60 percent of the average salary of other individuals with similar educational backgrounds. More specifically, in the 2015-2016 school year, the average teacher salary in the highest poverty schools was approximately $4,000 less than that of teachers in the lowest-poverty schools.
Research shows that teacher pay is a factor in an individual’s decision to and remain in the teaching profession. In 2015, “Public School Teacher Attrition and Mobility in the First Five Years”, a longitudinal study by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, found that nationwide, 17 percent of teachers leave the profession within the first five years.
CAP’s proposal aims to address these issues by vastly increasing teacher pay in high poverty schools.