Alabama Behind Neighbors In Teacher Salaries


By Alabama News Network

Alabama teachers missed out on a pay raise this year after lawmakers failed to include one in the education budget.

With salaries staying where they are, how do we compare to other states in our area?
We're ranked 38 across the country, according to a study by the national center for education statistics. 
That leaves us behind a few of our neighbors.
According to the statistics, the average teacher in Alabama makes just under $48,000. 
But compared to Georgia and Tennessee, we're behind by up to $3,000 a year. 
And some people in Montgomery don't think we're doing enough to keep our teachers here. 
"I don't think we pay our teachers enough here in Alabama. What they do for our kids and our community and our future leaders here in Alabama, I think we should pay them more," said Daniel Smith.
"Give them more money, give them more benefits," said Donielle Smith.
But stacked against Mississippi and Florida, we're ahead, but still behind the national average of about $56,000. 
Montgomery Public Schools superintendent Margaret Allen says that she's working on keeping teachers from the local universities.
"Because we're in a collaborative relationship where we provide internships for those teachers, between the university and montgomery public schools, we feel like there are great possibilities for us to get good teachers right here in Montgomery," said Allen.
But one teacher says it's not all about the pay. It's about helping the students that teachers get to know throughout the school year.
"But Alabama is not maybe as high as other states, but it's not that bad. And again, it's about your habits and your priorities. And it's about what you're called to do. And if teaching is your call you're going to do it regardless," said Eric Galbreath, a Carver High teacher. 
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