St. Louis Schools Continue To Crumble
St. Louis teachers are currently caught at the epicenter of just about every kind of assault on public education going on these days.
Their immediate concern is easy enough to spot. St. Louis teachers have remained frozen in time,sitting on the same step of the salary schedule for six years. In other words, if you were hired as a first-year teacher for St. Louis schools back in 2009, you are still making a first-year teacher's salary today. The school district's salary schedule shows that the steps have been adjusted once in that time span. So if you started in 2009 at $38,250, you're now making $39,270. This is of course problematic because it would take $42,404 just to keep pave with inflation. Meanwhile, as of two years ago, the mean wage for an elementary teacher in Missouri was $48,460. The union did reject the offer, but there's not much more they can do-- teacher strikes are illegal in Missouri.
So St. Louis teachers have been taking an inflation-created pay cut every year, along with the added insult of remaining in the same place on the salary scale. The district has offered a 3.5% raise over a year and a half, with no prospect of advancing. (Also, just in case that's not insulting enough, I just discovered that Missouri allows anyone to look up individual teacher salaries.)
You'll be unshocked to learn that St. Louis teachers have been heading out the door in record CURMUDGUCATION: St. Louis Schools Continue To Crumble: