On teacher salaries: What else do you want to know?

The national conversation over teacher pay is no stranger to York County.

 In the past few months, several school districts have negotiated contracts with their teachers that call for increases in the pay scales. In a bad economy, some people wonder why teachers can get raises (ultimately paid for by taxpayers) while others are worried about losing their jobs. Others say teachers work long hours to do an important, difficult job and deserve what they make.

 We created a searchable database of York County teacher salaries that anyone can use to find out what their child’s teacher makes, or what their school district superintendent makes, or who’s making the most or least in a particular district. The numbers are public information in order to give people oversight into how their tax dollars are being spent.

 Reporter Angie Mason also reported and wrote a story that provides important context if you dive into that database: The numbers give you an idea of district spending, but they don’t tell you everything. They can be looked at as valuable information to have if you are trying to assess what your district is paying its educators, and whether you’re getting your money’s worth.

 This isn’t the last word in York County on teacher salaries. What else do you want to know? What other issues should we examine? What can help you best understand what your taxes are paying for? Let us know by leaving a comment here.

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7 Responses to On teacher salaries: What else do you want to know?

  1. Pingback: Examine teacher, school administrator salaries « Columbia news, views & reviews

  2. Please give total gross w2 wages.

  3. Dana Myers says:

    In the Dallastown School District last year the teachers average salary was $80,106 and top ended at over $90,000. The district is over $100 milliondollars in debt and last year with a budget of over $90 million dollars had a deficit of $4.4 million dollars. Teachers salaries and benefits accounted for 68% of the budget. This year I estimate, since the district superintendent Stewart Weinberg, won’t release the financial data, 70% of the school budget will go to pay salaries and benefits for teachers. The school districts can solve their financial problems by replacing the teachers with high tech teaching software and computers but lame and union backed school board refuses to consider this option.

  4. Dana, thanks for weighing in. We’ll definitely be doing more stories on this issue and how it’s affecting districts’ budgets.

  5. Hardworking teacher says:

    I’m sorry to read Dana Myers post. Just because the salaries and benefits of teachers may account for 68%, please also take into account that salaries of teachers such as mine pay for the medical benefits for my family of 5. Also because of budget cuts many of the supplies and materials I use in the classroom each year come out of my pocket! Teachers are like any other hard working citizen with lives outside of school, expenses to raise families, and many of us are stretching that salary to make ends meet.

  6. Hardworking Tax Payer says:

    Hardworking Teacher,
    I think we understand were you are coming from…raising a family etc.. However, the teacher pay and salaries in Dallastown are being funded by one of the highest school taxed school districts in York County, those taxes being paid mostly by private sector workers that work full time 365 days a year , like it or not, you wont find that kind of pay over here with all the perks, benefits, & scheuled holidays off. Have you ever worked in the private sector?

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