Teacher Appreciation Week is the week of March 6th, but these days not many teachers are feeling appreciated when it comes to their salaries!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Teachers are superheroes and they are overworked and underpaid and that statement unfortunately seems to be true according to a recent report.

According to the National Education Association (NEA), Texas educators are facing a staggering gap of over $9,000 in comparison to their counterparts nationwide.

The report, which analyzed data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), reveals that the average salary for Texas teachers stands at $62,463 for the current school year, while the national average sits at $71,699. This places Texas at a discouraging No. 29 among all states and Washington, D.C. in terms of teacher compensation.

Texas provides over $5,000 less per student in school funding compared to the national average, creating additional challenges for teachers and students alike.

Alarmingly, the NEA report highlights a concerning decline in teachers' purchasing power over the years. Adjusted for inflation, teachers in Texas now earn 6% less on average than they did in 2015. This trend has only worsened since the previous school year, with Texas teachers experiencing a larger deficit in comparison to the national average.

"Many promising teachers spend only a few years in the classroom before seeking better-paying professions. This inadequate pay structure, coupled with recent political attacks on teachersare significant contributors to Texas' teacher shortage crisis."

These reports are sad to read but unfortunately, it’s a sad reality. We’re hearing more and more about shortages in teachers and this pay gap is definitely a huge reason for that shortage.

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