New Data Shows Increasing Number of Teachers Seeking 2nd Jobs
Lazy summer days are not always in the cards for Indiana teachers, who are not paid when classes are not in session. Besides working a job during summer break, some teachers hold a second job after the school bell rings. New data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that nearly one-in-five teachers worked a job outside of the school system during the 2015-2016 school year. President of the Indiana State Teachers Association Teresa Meredith says educators simply are not being paid adequately. Teachers in Indiana earn between $24,000 to $90,000 annually, according to the National Education Association. That’s about 16 percent less than two decades ago when adjusted for inflation. Meredith believes school funding problems coupled with a lack of respect for the profession is resulting in teachers not being properly compensated for their education and experience.
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