<-------------in awe of anyone who can spend the bulk of her/his waking hours with a buncha kids or teens. I love kids, but, even many parents admit, wow, it's nice to get away from kids now and then.
//"I have a hard time believing a classroom teacher with 20 years and a PhD is worth 90% more in pay then a beginning teacher."//
I also think there might be a 90% difference between a BA in healthcare, and a doctorate with 20 years experience in healthcare fields. (not sure)
None of these pay scales, except for possbily the tip top, seem that impressive to me.
Probably admins and doctorates with 20 years experience n healthcare also make 90% more than the new BSNs are making, i'd think..
NYC Teachers Salary Schedule | United Federation of Teachers
^looks like NY teachers make more than NC teachers, but, cost of living in NY is pretty darn high in much of the state.(oh wow, is it ever!) Still, most of those are not crazy high pay scales, esp for NY, which can charge a person $900 or more a month just to park your car.
I think some conservative radio channels and tv stations, in anti-union rants, have done some damage to the reputation of a profession that i much admire, and know, i could never ever do. Loved my own kids, but, i had to have breaks of being around kids or teens now and then.
and TC is right, most of these teachers do spend their own "off" time grading papers, preparing for class, and spend their own cash to get supplies. Teaching is not what i'd call "cushy" work at all.