Reality Check

Teacher walkouts prompting questions about teacher pay in SC

MOUNT PLEASANT S.C. (WCBD) - What started as a strike, and push to get a raise for teachers in West Virginia is spreading across the country, but the fight for higher wages is not as simple as it sounds, and the root of it goes back about a decade.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, South Carolina, along with most states, slashed state funding per student when the Great Recession hit in 2008.

Using the numbers they published in November, it really hasn't changed here in SC, or in 28 other states. The state is still nearly 12% behind 2008 spending.

Less money per student, means less money period.

The national average for starting pay in the U.S. is nearly $39,000/year.

The Lowcountry is lagging behind that average. With the average starting salary for teachers with a Bachelor's degree at a little more than $34,000.

Dorchester District 2: $36,124

Charleston County: $36,070

Berkeley County: $35,901

Dorchester District 4: $35,311

Colleton County: $32,543

Georgetown County: $31,883

Williamsburg: $30,715

The Count on 2 Investigators reached out to the South Carolina Education Association to see if they were planning any action to try to increase teacher pay in South Carolina, but so far we have not received a response to our question.

     

 


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