The average teacher
salary hit almost $44,400 last year, according to a survey by the
American Federation of Teachers.
That salary reflected a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year.
New teachers were paid an average starting salary of $30,719, up 3.2
percent. The figures were for the 2001-02 school year, the
most recent available. The better salaries for the first-time
teachers and a slow job market in fields outside teaching helped
shrink a national teacher shortage, the survey reports. But overall,
state financial woes have slowed pay raises in education.....Read