Now it's been a few years since the recession hit. How are those "overpaid" teachers doing?
I'm no economist, so I don't know if this is an apples-to-apples comparison. But the national employment cost index is 1.7%. Doesn't seem to me that teachers are riding high.
Of course, that's not even counting the fact that NJ teachers are paying more into their pensions and getting less back. Or that teachers this year have doubled their contributions to their health benefits (and that will double again in another two years). So take home pay for many teachers has probably gone down.
And we're working longer:
Keep in mind that US teachers already work more hours than any other developed country:
But, hey, if that discourages any of you from entering the classroom, you obviously don't have the "passion." That "passion" is Chris Christie's excuse to screw teachers out of a professional salary; it's also the excuse his conservative acolytes on school boards use to call teachers unions "greedy."
But his staff's payroll is up 14%. Nice.
But I need those people to find new ways to blame teachers for... everything!