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Chicago Tribune: Teachers have it pretty good, shouldn't complain about accountability



Once upon a time, the Chicago Tribune editorializes, teacher pay looked bad and benefits just so-so compared to the private sector.

What a difference a recession makes.

Now, teaching looks positively cushy, with decent pay and great benefits, not the least of which are family-friendly work hours, summers off and terrific retirement options, the Tribune suggests. This fits into the larger debate over education reform and teacher quality, the paper states:

"It's often said no one gets rich as a teacher. Yes, no one gets chief-executive rich, or pro-athlete rich or movie-star rich. But you can do very well as a teacher, compared to the broader work force.

There's nothing wrong with that. And there's nothing wrong with expecting teachers to demonstrate through performance measures year in and year out that they deserve what they make."

Check out the entire piece. Your thoughts?

[Last modified: Friday, July 23, 2010 10:11am]


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