Darrell Jackson: Its Time To Pay Our Teachers What They Deserve… – Millennium Magazine Columbia SC News

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Published on January 21st, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Darrell Jackson: Its Time To Pay Our Teachers What They Deserve…

darreljacksonColumbia, SC- South Carolina State Senator Darrell Jackson (D-Richland County) introduced a senate bill to raise teacher pay in the state of South Carolina to the national average. The bill would allow for the pay increase to be phased in over a 5 year time period.

“It is critical to our short term and long term success as a state to pay our teachers what they truly deserve,” Jackson said. “As we prepare to compete in an ever-changing global society, teacher recruitment and teacher retention play such a vital role in the quality of education our students receive and deserve.”

Currently, the national average for a full-time public school teacher in 2010-2011 was $56, 069 according to the US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. In South Carolina a full time public school teacher earns on average $47, 050, according to South Carolina Department of Education.

“This is a bi-partisan piece of legislation that will impact a very important group of people in our state,” Jackson said. “Education is not a democratic or republican issue it is indeed a South Carolina issue. I am a proud to have many of my friends on both sides of the political isle join me in the effort.”

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