Letters to the editor April 25

Reduce the bureaucracy
in education the solution
West Virginia needs to pay more attention to the the National Education Association (NEA) — a teachers’ union. It appears to have the most accurate, readily available, statistics on education that graphically reveal the solution to low teacher pay.
The NEA points out  in 2017, before teacher raises, our state’s K-12 spending was No. 13 in the nation per pupil at $14,274 per year, yet we are No. 49 in the nation at $45,555 average teacher salary. The 2018 figures should be out this month, and by including that 5 percent pay raise teachers already received, might boost West Virginia  into the top 10 nationally of spending per pupil.
In states where the spending per pupil is as high as ours, they pay  teachers much more, $20,000 per year more. Per pupil spending vs. teachers’ average salaries in Illinois are $13,875 vs. $64,939; in Maryland, $14,774 vs. $68,357; in Pennsylvania,  $15,017 vs. $66,265; and in Rhode Island, $15,491 vs. $66,477.

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