Are teachers overpaid?
A reader who doesn't support giving Baltimore County teachers a pay raise called this morning with a common assertion: Teachers already earn too much money because they work only 180 days a year, 6 hours or so a day.
This reader was calling because he had just read my story from today about last night's school board meeting, where the board voted for a budget that doesn't include pay raises. Teachers are now considering job actions, such as picketing and refusing to do extra work.
In Baltimore County, starting pay for a teacher with a bachelor's degree is $42,000. Starting pay for a teacher with a master's degree is just over $43,000.
According to Cheryl Bost, who heads up the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, the system's teachers make considerably less than those in neighboring districts. For example, teachers who have a master's degree and have worked in the county for 15 years are ranked 19th out of the state's 24 school systems, Bost has said.
What do you think? Are the county's teachers asking for too much? Or do they deserve a pay raise? And what about this reader's claims that teachers have posh assignments because they work 6-hour days and only 180 days a year?