GENERAL EDUCATION: In a sign of how little teachers make, many public schools are paying less than they were in 2012.
This year, about a third of public schools were paying less per student than in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the National Association of School Administrators.
Teachers are often expected to provide their own teaching supplies, such as notebooks and pencils, to students.
But the association found that more than half of public school teachers were receiving less than $1,000 in compensation for the work they do, and that many teachers were being paid less than the $16 per hour they usually receive.
The report found that teachers were often paid below market wages.
About 15 percent of teachers reported receiving more than $5,000 a year, compared with less than 9 percent in 2012 and less than 7 percent in 2011.
While the National School Boards Association estimated teachers would receive about $11.5 billion in new paychecks in 2016, that would represent about 10 percent of total compensation.
“We need to make sure that teachers are paid fairly and fairly well, and there is a lot of good teachers who are not getting paid as much as they should be,” said Sarah K. Tabor, president of the National Education Association, which represents more than 700,000 public school districts.
Tabor said that teachers’ unions should make sure their members are paid at least $20 per hour, or about $14,000 for each full-time teacher, based on their experience.
The average teacher earns about $50,000, according the National Labor Relations Board.
More than half the districts in the report said they have eliminated overtime, according