Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders has a ‘radical’ idea: pay teachers a minimum salary that recognizes them as the valuable professionals that they are.
“‘If we believe in the future of this country, if we believe in our children, we have got to believe in our educators,’ Sen. Bernie Sanders told a CNN-hosted town hall in New Hampshire on Thursday night.
The 2020 Democrat presidential hopeful called for a ‘revolution in education,’ including teacher salaries that start at $60,000 a year.
Sanders said he would triple funding for schools in economically disadvantaged areas, ‘because in America, public schools should provide quality education to all, not just to those who live in wealthy communities and have a strong property tax base.
‘Number two, my goal — it’s a radical goal, but this is what I believe — my goal is to make sure that within a few years, every teacher in America earns at least $60,000 a year.’
Sanders called it ‘quite unbelievable’ that in New Hampshire, ‘there are teachers starting off in certain districts making less than $29,000 a year.
‘And I can tell you, having visited South Carolina on many occasions, you got great teachers there who have been in the profession 20 or 30 years. They are leaving the profession because they can’t make an income. You have young people going into teaching with student debt of $50,000, $100,000 a year.'”
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