AUGUSTA – Starting teacher salaries in our state are among the lowest in the country. Now, there’s a move afoot to improve teachers pay.
Republicans and democrats agree teachers need to be paid more. The argument, however, revolves around just how high that starting salary should be raised. The current starting salary for Maine teacher is $31,835, according teacherportal.com
Senator Rebecca Millett, D-Portland, says the discussion on whether to increase pay for state police, wardens and others in the state system sparked the teacher pay increase discussion.
Despite the fact that Maine teachers rank near the bottom fourth in the nation, people still have a desire to go into that profession. Jessica Allen started her college career planning to go into the dental profession. But the deeper should got into that field, the more she discovered it wasn’t for her. Now, Allen attends the University of Southern Maine majoring in education.
Republicans say this bill to raise the statewide starting pay for teachers, probably won’t go forward because too many education issues are attached to it. Brian Langley is the state senator representing Ellsworth and he said the better route to increase the quality of education in the state would be to increase the quality of the local education leaders.