Increasing Teachers’ Minimum Salaries Might Be on the Syllabus for 2023

Increasing teachers’ minimum salaries might be on the syllabus for 2023. $60,000. That’s the new national minimum salary for a public school teacher if U.S. representative Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., can find a way to get The American Teacher Act passed through congress in 2023.

Wilson, a long-time advocate for educators, believes increasing teachers’ minimum salaries is necessary if the U.S. wants to remain competitive in K-12 education globally. “As time has progressed, teachers’ salaries, minimum wage, has not been commensurate with other salaries in our economy, especially as it relates to Black men,” Wilson said.

The American Teacher Act would incentivize states to raise their minimum teacher salaries to $60,000 for public K-12 schools, utilizing a grant program at the Department of Education. This legislation would require yearly increases in line with inflation to support states’ ongoing efforts to ensure competitive wages.

Although teacher salaries fall as much as 23.5% lower than other comparable careers, the road to passage of The American Teacher Act is likely to be long. And, if passed, will it solve the issues facing teachers today?

Michael Horn, the host of the Future of Education, isn’t so sure.

Michael’s Thoughts

“Lawmakers introduced to legislation to try to stem the tide of teachers leaving the profession of K-12 education by introducing a bill that would create a minimum $60,000 a year salary for all teachers. First, it’s not clear that Congress can actually do this. This is the domain of local districts, states, bargaining units, and so forth.

But second, even if they do, while the research shows that raising salaries can help eliminate dissatisfaction with a job, the research also shows that it will not make teachers more satisfied. To do that, you have to give more opportunities for advancement, responsibility, growth, recognition for the work that they’re doing, making the work itself far more manageable, and that work requires innovation in the schools themselves.”

Article by James Kent

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!


construction innovation
Boxx Modular’s New Branch in Atlantic Canada: A Strategic Move for Construction Innovation
December 4, 2023

In an era where construction innovation is reshaping the industry, modular construction’s growth continues to rise. In this episode of Built Modular, Boxx Modular’s strategic expansion into Moncton, Atlantic Canada takes center stage. Host Gabrielle Bejarano welcomes Charles Landry and Ray Girouard to explore the implications of this venture. Bejarano, Landry, and Girouard discuss […]

Read More
Venture Fund Valuations
VC Investment Valuations Podcast
December 4, 2023

In this episode of The Alternative Edge, a Weaver: Beyond the Numbers Podcast, host Becky Reeder, an audit partner and co-leader of the alternative investments practice at Weaver, engages with Sindhu Rajesh, an Alternative Investment Services Partner with Weaver. They unpack the complexities of venture fund valuations, offering critical insights into industry dynamics and best […]

Read More
The Role of VR and AR in Attractions and Enterprise Applications
December 4, 2023

In this Pro AV Today soundbite from Dan O’Brien of HTC VIVE, the conversation centered on the significant role of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in attractions and enterprise applications. O’Brien highlighted the critical need for durable hardware design, tailored to withstand extensive use in location-based entertainment (LBE) operations. Unlike consumer-grade VR headsets, […]

Read More