Education: Underpaid Teachers

Nobody knows better than the schoolteachers that they have been losing position on the economic ladder (as compared with other jobholders) even though their wages have recently been going up a little. Last week, in a careful survey of nationwide education trends, the New York Times proved it, with figures. In 1940, reported Education Editor Benjamin Fine, the average U.S. public schoolteacher got only $1,441. Scant though this was, it was nearly $150 above the norm for all wage and salary people. This year, the teacher averages $2,644—slightly better than 1947-48's figure ($2,476), which was still about $250 below what the...

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