Are teachers across the state getting paid enough on the job?
A new proposal being considered by the state Senate could increase starting teachers salaries to more than $40,000. Right now, new teachers in the state make around $31,000 a year. Many people believe that teachers are underpaid for what their job involves.
Obviously there needs to be increase in the state budgets for teachers salaries and I do believe that they do way more work than what they are getting paid for. It's ridiculous," said Alyssa Bradley, a Marion County resident.
The Senate is also considering a proposal to raise all teachers salaries in the coming year. This means teachers across the board would get a $1,000 raise. This pay increase could help the state's salaries stay competitive with surrounding states.
"I think teachers do not get enough credit in general. I think they are underpaid," said Robert Mortensen, a West Virginia native. "I definitely think they should be paid more. Obviously, they are working with our children and our future basically. I do not think that they get enough credit or enough money."
While most people agree that teachers salaries should be increased the question remains, where will the extra money come from in order to pay these teachers?