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Report Highlights Best Places to Be a Teacher in the U.S.

Report Highlights Best Places to be a Teacher in the U.S.

Where is the best place to be a teacher in the United States? According to a new report, Columbus, Ohio is where America's teachers should go. 

The report, conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality, "looks at 2013-2014 teacher salary data from 113 U.S. school districts, including the 50 largest districts in the country and the largest district in each state," said an article on Quartz.com.

According to a chart, teachers in Columbus, Ohio make a lifetime earning of $2.39 million. The second city to make the list is Atlanta with $2.29 million.

"This chart only includes the adjusted lifetime pay—earnings over 30 years, adjusted for cost of living expenses—for the average public school teacher," the article said. "Some school districts report variations in earnings based on different performance benchmarks—standardized in this study as 'average,' 'above average,' or 'exemplary.'"

Nancy Waymack, managing director for district policy at the National Council on Teacher Quality said that "knowing how much money a teacher is going to make over the course of 30 years is valuable in planning for a career and family, and the prospect of an attractive long-term earnings trajectory could help bring high quality teachers to a district."

"Another important piece of information is the cost of living in the area," said Quartz. "Sure, teachers make more in New York City public schools up front, but Columbus has a much lower cost of living. So the way the council figured it, New York’s maximum pay equates to only $23,200 in buying power, compared with $100,400 for Columbus teachers at the top of the pay grade."

The report also highlights the worst places to be a teacher in the U.S., with Jefferson Parish, Louisiana making the top of the list with $1.35 million. New York City finds itself at the bottom of the list with $561,229, the article said.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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