The state of Maine is considering legislation to make funds available to increase starting salaries for teachers (to $40k) and also to improve teacher training and provide resources for better mentoring of early career teachers. This seems like a step in the right direction... Continue reading...
... but it also feels like just a drop in the bucket when you consider the existing and projected teacher shortages in places like Nevada and California. So, here's one plan which might find the support it needs in the Maine legislature. Is it enough? Is it the right thing? What else can or should be done? Or are we generally happy with what we pay teachers and how we pay them and who is choosing to teach and how long they can stay in the profession?