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Teachers -- and their unions -- have been taking a beating in recent years. As voucher advocates continue to scream about "failing" public schools, teachers in Colorado average a salary of $38,000 -- with an average of 16 years experience and a Master's degree. Another interesting statistic: the average starting salary for teachers nationally is $26,639, whereas the average starting salary for college grads as a whole is $37,194.
click to enlarge Melissa Taylor  -  - Skyway  -  - Small-business owner  -  - Is public education broken? Schools don't care enough about the kids. They had a problem with one of our kids in District 12 and basically told us to withdraw her from the school for six months. -  - How can this be fixed? Smaller classes and more individual treatment. -  - Why is Colorado 48th out of 50 states in per capita student spending? We don't give education high-enough priority. More should go to education. Our kids are the future. -  - What should teachers be paid? To get quality teachers, it should be $50,000 to $60,000 a year.
  • Melissa Taylor

    Skyway

    Small-business owner

    Is public education broken? Schools don't care enough about the kids. They had a problem with one of our kids in District 12 and basically told us to withdraw her from the school for six months.

    How can this be fixed? Smaller classes and more individual treatment.

    Why is Colorado 48th out of 50 states in per capita student spending? We don't give education high-enough priority. More should go to education. Our kids are the future.

    What should teachers be paid? To get quality teachers, it should be $50,000 to $60,000 a year.

click to enlarge Jeff Taylor  -  - Skyway   -  - Small-business owner   -  - Is public education broken? The teachers unions have taken over, and they're more concerned about their pay and their rights than about educating children. We're spending $890 billion a year on education and we can't get the kids educated? That money's going somewhere it shouldn't be going. -  - What would fix it? Disband the teachers unions, close the schools that aren't educating kids, and provide parents with waivers so they can send their kids to the school they choose. -  - Why is Colorado almost last in education funding? Probably because we have so many retired military who vote against continued funding of schools. -  - How much should we pay Colorado teachers? About what they get. They're only working only nine months of the year. Maybe $40,000 to $45,000 after 10 to 15 years.
  • Jeff Taylor

    Skyway

    Small-business owner

    Is public education broken? The teachers unions have taken over, and they're more concerned about their pay and their rights than about educating children. We're spending $890 billion a year on education and we can't get the kids educated? That money's going somewhere it shouldn't be going.

    What would fix it? Disband the teachers unions, close the schools that aren't educating kids, and provide parents with waivers so they can send their kids to the school they choose.

    Why is Colorado almost last in education funding? Probably because we have so many retired military who vote against continued funding of schools.

    How much should we pay Colorado teachers? About what they get. They're only working only nine months of the year. Maybe $40,000 to $45,000 after 10 to 15 years.

click to enlarge Alberto Hernandez-Lenus  -  - Downtown   -  - CC professor  -  - Is public education broken? No. That line is part of the far-right agenda to privatize education. -  - Why is Colorado 48th in funding? Our tax allocation is completely askew. Education should be our foremost priority. -  - How much are public school teachers paid in Colorado? Very poorly -- around $30,000 to $35,000 after a number of years service. -  - How much should they be paid? At least $50,000. They work a lot. It's crucial that we take more pride in our teachers. -  - Would higher teacher salaries improve education? Many of our best and brightest teachers turn elsewhere because they can't live on a teacher's salary.
  • Alberto Hernandez-Lenus

    Downtown

    CC professor

    Is public education broken? No. That line is part of the far-right agenda to privatize education.

    Why is Colorado 48th in funding? Our tax allocation is completely askew. Education should be our foremost priority.

    How much are public school teachers paid in Colorado? Very poorly -- around $30,000 to $35,000 after a number of years service.

    How much should they be paid? At least $50,000. They work a lot. It's crucial that we take more pride in our teachers.

    Would higher teacher salaries improve education? Many of our best and brightest teachers turn elsewhere because they can't live on a teacher's salary.

click to enlarge Toni Shoop  -  - Skyway  -  - Receptionist   -  - Is public education broken? I don't have children, so I'm not sure. From everything I've read, I'd say it needs help.  -  - What would fix it? More one-on-one instruction for kids with needs. And the kind of opportunities that kids from high-income areas get need to be available to low-income kids. -  - Why does Colorado fund education so poorly? The public thinks most other things are more important than education. -  - What should we pay teachers? Teachers are valuable in ways that go beyond education. $30,000 would be a good starting salary, and an experienced professional should make $42,000 to $45,000.
  • Toni Shoop

    Skyway

    Receptionist

    Is public education broken? I don't have children, so I'm not sure. From everything I've read, I'd say it needs help.

    What would fix it? More one-on-one instruction for kids with needs. And the kind of opportunities that kids from high-income areas get need to be available to low-income kids.

    Why does Colorado fund education so poorly? The public thinks most other things are more important than education.

    What should we pay teachers? Teachers are valuable in ways that go beyond education. $30,000 would be a good starting salary, and an experienced professional should make $42,000 to $45,000.

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