Teachers' pay is a near-constant debate in the U.S., with the consensus being it's rarely enough. One teacher-turned-congresswoman is trying to change that, with her American Teacher Act being reintroduced before Congress Wednesday. The bill aims, for one, to boost minimum starting salaries for teachers to $60,000. One policy expert says pay is "the No. 1 issue" among educators, and the lack of fair compensation deters many from entering the field, while pushing some veterans out. Meanwhile, teacher shortages persist across the country.
New teachers earned an average $41,770 starting salary during 2020-2021, according to the National Education Association.