SALT LAKE CITY — What would it take to raise Utah teacher salaries to a living wage? What would it take to retain teachers or re-engage teachers who left the profession?

This week, Envision Utah will convene 21 education stakeholders — who include legislative leaders, the president of the Utah Education Association, the state superintendent, and top business and technology leaders — to seek answers to those questions and develop possible solutions.

“We’re hoping the discussion will lead to some real guidance on what ought to happen,” said Robert Grow, Envision Utah’s chief executive officer, during a meeting of the Deseret News and KSL editorial boards Monday.

Research and polling conducted by Envision Utah, a nonprofit regional planning agency, points to one key factor: teacher compensation.

Compared to other careers that also require a bachelor’s degree, Utah teacher salaries rank near or at the bottom. Unlike other professions where earnings increase significantly over time, the growth trajectory for teacher salaries is relatively flat.

The list includes financial managers, engineers, accountants, construction managers and other careers that require a bachelor’s degree and have a relatively direct path from a college major to a career in the same field.

“To make teacher salaries more comparable and competitive … …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


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