COVID is causing a crisis in the classroom, and students are paying the price.

There is a huge teacher shortage going on right now, and the virus is only making things worse.

Schools are desperately trying to recruit and retain full-time and substitute teachers, but it's just not happening. I'm sure a bigger incentive would help - like more money. Teachers deserve a raise - plain and simple.

There hasn't been a significant increase or investment in Kentucky teacher salaries for about seven years, since the state legislature passed the 2014-2015 budget.  It's hard to keep anyone with a track record like that. Governor Beshear has been pushing pay raises for teachers ever since he took office, but he's failed to make it a reality.

Teachers in both Kentucky and Indiana start out making an average of $37,000 a year. That's among the lowest in the country.  Standardized test scores from the spring reflect an even bigger need for more teachers, after scores were down for elementary, middle, and high school students. 

It's easy Math to me. Pay teachers more money, and we'll get better results inside the classroom and after the last bell rings.

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