Victory by striking teachers in West Virginia prompts look at local salaries

6 months 1 week 6 days ago Tuesday, March 06 2018 Mar 6, 2018 Tuesday, March 06, 2018 7:52:00 PM CST March 06, 2018 in News
By: Chelsea Haynes, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Missouri educators are reacting to West Virginia's decision to give striking teachers a 5 percent pay increase on Tuesday.

Mark Jones, political director for the Missouri National Education Association said what happened in West Virginia, would never happen in Missouri.

“Public employees in Missouri are prevented from striking,” he said

Jones said comparing West Virginia to Missouri isn’t exactly “apples to apples” because teachers salaries in West Virginia are dictated by the state, while, in Missouri, they’re set by the district on salary schedules.

Ann Mehr, the art teacher at Robert E. Lee Elementary said Columbia Public Schools just gave out raises for teachers. She said she receives a pretty nice retirement package from them as well.

“Columbia does better than many of the outlying areas in terms of supporting its teachers financially,” she said.

Out of the four largest school districts in mid-Missouri, Columbia Public Schools has one of the highest average salaries at $50,265. That's nearly $3,000 more than the state average, but a full $6,000 less than the national average.

Lee Franklin, former teacher at Rock Bridge High School, made the transition from public school to private school. He said, although the salary and benefits are a bit lower while working at a private school, there’s a lot less to deal with inside of the private school setting.

Franklin also agreed the retirement package with the Columbia Public Schools was a great package.

“In the grand scheme of things, when you look at the net paycheck, it’s not that much of a difference,” Franklin said.

However, he said public schools don’t have as many resources as private schools.

Both Franklin and Mehr agree what the nation saw happen in West Virginia was a powerful display of teachers coming together and working towards a good cause.

Both said teachers are in the profession because they love educating the children.

Franklin said people should stop and think before coming to a conclusion about the strike in West Virginia.

“Go into the schools and find out what teachers do.” Franklin said. "there are people in the nation’s capitol creating legislation regarding school systems, but don’t understand what it’s like working in one."

To see how your school district is paying its teachers, use the Salary Comparison Tool from the Missouri State Teachers Association.  




More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:40:19 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Task Force One continues its work with victims of Hurricane Florence this week. The task force... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:28:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - Supporters of the "Clean Missouri" initiative endorsed Amendment 1 after a judge ordered removal to take it off... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Police Department has rescinded commendations given to two officers involved in the fatal... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:05:10 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is testing new lights downtown this week to try and curb violence and crime. The new... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 4:01:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
BEVIER - The Macon County deputy who shot a man during an incident in August is back at work. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators want a review of sexual misconduct allegations made against President Donald Trump's Supreme... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 2:42:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
PERRYVILLE (AP) — A 9-year-old boy whose bus driver saved him from choking says he now knows why candy isn't... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 2:38:54 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two groups protested outside the Missouri Department of Corrections Monday morning with hopes of ending the 127... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 2:21:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council approved the new city budget Monday night. This was the final hearing for... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 1:28:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says cities and counties skipped out on an extra $698,000 in fees... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 1:05:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police have arrested a man they say shot a man in Jefferson City on Saturday. Dana... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 12:00:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - On Sunday night, the MU Police Department arrested a man suspected of exposing himself at Ellis library. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 10:35:00 AM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COOPER COUNTY - An I-70 motorcycle crash left one man dead Sunday night. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 7:29:00 AM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One of the latest attack ads on Sen. Claire McCaskill, D- Missouri, claims the senator is giving her... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 4:30:00 AM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Another Columbia resident is voicing her complaints about Bird scooters, and this time, she's talking to city council.... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, September 16 2018 Sep 16, 2018 Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:00:00 PM CDT September 16, 2018 in News
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. - Missouri Task Force One is currently assisting in search, rescue and evacuation operations in North Carolina... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, September 16 2018 Sep 16, 2018 Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:35:00 PM CDT September 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council is expected to adopt the budget for 2019 Monday. If adopted, the budget... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, September 16 2018 Sep 16, 2018 Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:24:00 PM CDT September 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
4am 73°
5am 73°
6am 72°
7am 72°