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.