NCTQ reports on a story in The Journal that West Virginia’s state Senate has voted to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers from $27,917 to $43,000…by 2019.
First thing: Thanks West Virginia senators! You’ve taken a big, badly needed, step forward.
Second thing: A little context. I looked at salary data (from the most recent Current Population Survey) for college graduates under age 30 in West Virginia who work full-time. Add in a couple of percent annual inflation between now and 2019 and a rough guess is that the median competitive salary in 2019 will be about $50,500. (Mean salary estimated at $58,775.)
So good on ya, West Virginia senators. And here’s hoping you’ll do even more.