MLive Cites Center Education Policy Expert

Secretary of Education wants higher teacher pay; Michigan has it

MLive Monday cited a February Michigan Capitol Confidential story showing teachers in Michigan have the second-highest average pay in the country in a story about U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s visit to Michigan and his belief that teachers should be paid more.

“When adjusting for context, Michigan’s teachers have some of the highest average salaries in the entire country,” Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center, told Michigan Capitol Confidential, according to MLive. “Add to this the fact that Michigan districts spend more on benefits for teachers than most states, and it becomes clear that Michigan’s teachers are highly paid, on average, at least compared to their counterparts in other states.”

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