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ERIC Number: ED525685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-1
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers. A Report of the Heritage Center for Data Analysis
Richwine, Jason; Biggs, Andrew G.
Heritage Foundation
This report is a comprehensive assessment of salaries, benefits, and job security for public-school teachers, intended to resolve disputes over whether teachers as a group are "overpaid" or "underpaid." The authors find that public-school teachers receive compensation about 52 percent higher than their skills would otherwise garner in the private sector, and they discuss the implications of this fact for education policy in general. They conclude that public-school teacher salaries are comparable to those paid to similarly skilled private-sector workers, but that more generous fringe benefits for public-school teachers, including greater job security, make total compensation 52 percent greater than fair market levels, equivalent to more than $120 billion overcharged to taxpayers each year. Teacher compensation could therefore be reduced with only minor effects on recruitment and retention. Alternatively, teachers who are more effective at raising student achievement might be hired at comparable cost. (Contains 1 figure, 1 chart, 7 tables and 68 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation