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Money: Should Teachers Make More Than Everyone Else?

Woodensled_cropThat's the underlying question in yesterday's NYT article about conflicts and budget realities surrounding public employee unions, much of it focused on New Jersey (Public Employee Unions Face Rising Public Anger).  "Across the nation, a rising irritation with public employee unions is palpable, as a wounded economy has blown gaping holes in state, city and town budgets, and revealed that some public pension funds dangle perilously close to bankruptcy."  Teachers and those on the left will decry the article as another example of the war on teachers.  Worry warts on the right will tell us that there's a pension crisis. The Times article notes that in some places public employees (including blue collar workers make more than similarly educated private sector workers (and enjoy better job security).  Meantime, incoming Democratic governor Mario Andrew Cuomo is calling for a wage freeze.



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Just out of curiosity, why is your headline "Should teachers make more than everyone else?" when the real question is "Should teachers make less than everyone else?" Absolutely no one is suggesting that teachers should make more. Such an odd headline, especially since the article points out, twice, that teachers make less than or equal to private sector employees with equivalent education, even when including their generous benefits packages.

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