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How about the state start paying teachers what they deserve and future generations will start going back into this profession. Pay for their schooling, most teachers were forced to get their masters or they would loose their teaching certificate and that was a giant expense for all. Now teachers are not required to get their masters but there has been no offer of debit forgiveness for the ones who were FORCED to go back and give the state more money for an additional degree that would add a tiny tiny raise to an already tiny salary. I love teaching but I would not encourage my students or my children to become teachers, we are not paid enough, not respected and over tasked.

Bringing in people who are not trained to work/teach children is a mistake. They need the training, our children deserve the best!!! Instead lets get college students excited about this profession with free classes and debt forgiveness.

Le Ecrivain

In warren county, and likewise for other areas, the average teacher makes 49xxx salary before benefits. They are only about 10-15% below attorneys in the state. This is the second highest or possibly the first now, salary for teacher's state in the entire nation. That 49xxx is on ten years of experience. For comparison, Helpdesk people get 12-14 an hour in this state. That is the reverse of most states where teaching is a lower paid profession. Every time a teacher or educator in the state of Kentucky talks about underpayment, they are lying through their teeth, or are woefully ignorant of their own industry.

Le Ecrivain

College students need to think twice. By 2026 there will be 20% fewer kids in Kentucky high school's than last year except for Warren County. Eventually some administrators will stop demanding more pay for fewer students and will consolidate resources and close buildings. WKU offers graduate Teacher education for about 1500 per semester. It's 1/2 to 1/3 of what it costs for non-teachers. Yet non-teacher's who make way less than 50k annually are taking classes with no forgiveness so they can try to avoid economic deprivation down the line. The base economy needs to be fixed instead of constantly catering to one of the most well off demographics in the area.

Le Ecrivain

This state is one of the poorest because of things like that. For example, the tech schools won't let me take 4 classes in Welding just so I can earn a living. Nope, got take my graduate degree that's not a worth a hill of beans and afford a whole new associates program. I can't get a new trade with a few grand worth of classes that I could scrounge together. Nope, got's to do a full program so the coffers can get filled.

The shortages and privation is created by the very academic institutions supposedly making life better.

Le Ecrivain

I don't know why they are pushing this. It is a scheme to get more people to go to full college. You can't take any degree you have and go teach with it in this state -- even a master's degree. You must go to college again and get an entirely new, full two year, master's degree to teach. Other states like Tennessee have rare programs where educated people could fill in the gaps, with only certain classes for example. But not Kentucky.

As long as the only way for educated people to become a teacher is to get a whole new master's degree from scratch, there isn't really a shortage. Supply/Demand rules apply to the need for teachers as well.

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