Percent pay gap between teachers and other college-educated workers across the United States: almost 20

Number of Southern states where the pay gap between teachers and other college-educated workers is more than 20 percent: 8*

Average teacher salary in the United States as of the 2017-18 school year: $60,477

In Georgia, the highest in the South: $59,185

In Mississippi, the lowest in the South: $45,497

Amount of their own money the average Mississippi teacher spends on classroom supplies each year: $406

When calculating how much money to allocate for teacher raises in 2019, number of teachers the Mississippi state legislature forgot to include: 9,834

Amount of money the state will have to find to make up for the mistake: $18.5 million

Amount spent on public education per student in the United States, as of 2017: $12,201

Average amount Southern states spend per student, as of 2017: $10,039

North Carolina's national ranking in terms of money spent on public education per student: 45

Average percent pay raise North Carolina teachers were promised this year in the governor's proposed budget: 9

Pay raises North Carolina teachers have seen thus far due to legislative gridlock over the budget: 0

Amount of new funding the Texas state legislature allocated to education in a landmark bill passed in June: $6.5 billion

Number of Texas teachers who rallied at the state capitol against a provision in the final version of the bill that allows school districts to link pay raises to performance: 350

Number of Southern states where there were organized teacher actions — including strikes, protests, or walkouts — in 2018 and 2019: 6

Number of Southern states where teacher pay has increased since last school year: 10***

Number of Southern states where it is illegal for teachers to strike: 10****


* Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana

** Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

*** Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia

**** Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia

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