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Why are teachers and other school staff paid so little?

And why do school bus drivers get so much lower pay than other drivers?

My theory is misogyny. Anyone have a real reason? Or a better theory?

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It some places (tho not most, from what i understand) being a teacher is quite lucrative. It depends where you live.

I would say teacher salary is probably correlated with how strong the teacher's union is in that area.

Also keep in mind teachers work for the state, so if there was enough popular sentiment there really is no reason public school teachers salary shouldn't go up.

So i would say the reason is lack of strong labor organization in many places and general public apathy and inertia on the issue.

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Where i live, there are tons of male teachers, so i don't think misogyny. But then again teacher salary tends to be higher in my area too ๐Ÿค”

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I live in a "right to work" state, so no effective unions.

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I live in a "right to work" state, so no effective unions.

It is so funny that it is called "right to work." I have been listening to a lot of history podcasts lately and the term "right to work" originally related to wanting laws to get passed where the government had to provide you with a job if you could not find one.

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It is so funny that it is called "right to work." I have been listening to a lot of history podcasts lately and the term "right to work" originally related to wanting laws to get passed where the government had to provide you with a job if you could not find one.

Everyone who wants to work should be able to work, so that actually seems a good idea, but with automation and increasing population, we might each only be working ten or so hours per week and everyone getting a universal basic income.

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Public Schools are built and staffed using tax dollars. So if you are only referring to public schools the answer is stupidly simple. Greedy politicians and budget cuts. Put all the greedy twits in jail (or under if they prefer) and divy up their wealth to all school employees. Collect 1.9% back from their pay to pay for improvements, buses, and bus drivers. All activities after school have yo be independently funded. Businesses advertise all the time to help fund high school football.

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The Teacher's Union is the largest Union in the U.S.

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The Teacher's Union is the largest Union in the U.S.

Hmmm it seems it is true that there is an overarching teacher's union but i imagine membership and influence varies greatly by state and local affiliate.

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The Teacher's Union is the largest Union in the U.S.

Yes and no. At 41.7%, local government union membership is the largest segment of the public sector, which includes police officers, firefighters, and teachers. The number of private-sector union employees dropped 7.6% from 120.7 million in 2019 to 111.5 million in 2020.

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