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  •  boy are you off (6+ / 0-)

    we have less than 4,000,000 public school teacher. The figure of 70K is somewhat high, even with benefits -  remember that many public school teachers are in districts where the benefits are not that great, and the median teacher salary for all teachers is probably around 53,000, but the mean salary is closer to 43,000 -  remember, we get a lot of turnover in the first few years, and starting salaries are not necessarily all that great.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 11:26:57 AM PDT

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    •  I stand by my numbers... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...on salary. Unless you have a link (that includes benefits), that shows otherwise.

      Remember that you need to get the cost of the benefits, not the value. If you get a pension with an NPV of $250k, but it costs another $20k to administer, the total cost is $270k.

      My $70k number comes from Wisconsin.  

      My "6,000,000" number for teachers may be flaky, though, If you say it's 4,000,000 then I'll take your word for it.

      Anyway, let's say we need $280 billion/year instead. That is still more than we are likely to find under the couch, lol.

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