Democratic lawmaker: Government needs to boost wages to address teacher shortages

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The federal government needs to ensure that teachers in America are paid better to address the shortage of teachers in rural areas, Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D.N.M.) said during an Nerdshala virtual event on Thursday.

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why it matters: According to research, teachers earn 20% less in weekly wages than other college-educated people in non-teaching positions. economic policy institute.

big picture: One of the efforts that President Biden carried forward during his term campaign trail Had to do “[s]Support our teachers by giving them the pay and respect they deserve.”

  • Leger Fernandez told Nerdshala that better pay for teachers is part of the president’s Build Back Better agenda.

What are they saying: “We need to pay teachers more. We need to pay teachers what they deserve,” said Leger Fernandez.

  • He said the government should also focus on ensuring that teacher graduate colleges “without huge debt, so we need to double the Pell Grant.”
  • The infrastructure of schools in rural areas also needs to be improved, Leger Fernandez said, especially broadband “so that they can stay connected to the world, so that they can assign subjects and projects that require students to be plugged into the Internet.” Gather more information.”

View the full event here.

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