Utah teachers don’t make $70,000 on average

Editor:

There is a thing according to the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University about Utah teachers making an average of $70,000 a year. I do not know where they came up with that number because if Utah teachers were making $70,000 a year, then why is there a teacher shortage in Utah’s largest school districts that involve Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden when they are trying to recruit teachers from different places throughout the United States?

Why do articles from Utah sources such as KSL (Deseret Media) and Salt Lake Tribune state that Utah was short of 1,672 teachers by the beginning of the school year and it is no different than what happens in Arizona as well. If teachers were paid so amazing in Utah there would be no teacher shortage up in Utah. If teachers in Utah were paid $70,000 a year then why did the Salt Lake School District a few weeks ago feel unappreciated? That is because the average teacher in Salt Lake schools do not make $70,000 a year.

I do not know where that study from Morrison Institute came from since the average Utah teacher does not make $70,000 a year even in the most funded school districts throughout Utah.

Why does it say in the Salt Lake Tribune that the average teacher salary is $54,000 a year when yet Utah is underfunded in public education just like it is in Arizona since each year the state legislatures in Salt Lake City and in Phoenix meet each year to discuss education funding and in both states it is a hot topic that is discussed each year in their respective state legislatures.

The point is Utah has similar issues to Arizona that needed to be addressed in regards to teacher pay.

It is important to understand that teacher pay is an integral piece to appreciate and support our teachers and our students since teaching is a great profession. It is important to support our teachers since supporting our teachers is supporting our students. It is important to understand that teacher pay is an important piece of boosting morale and respecting the profession because without teachers there would be no learning and without the kids there would be no school system since it is about the kids academically, emotionally, and socially.

Derek D’Avignon, Cornville, Arizona

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