Tennessee Ranks 33rd in Climate for Teachers

WalletHub is out with a ranking of Best and Worst states for teachers based on factors including salary and work environment. Here’s how they describe their methodology:

In order to identify the teacher-friendliest states in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, including “Job Opportunity & Competition” and “Academic & Work Environment.” Because competitive salaries and job security are integral to a well-balanced personal and professional life, we assigned a heavier weight to the first category.

Tennessee received an overall rating of 33, about in the middle for neighboring states. Our neighbors in Virginia and Kentucky come in at 6th and 15th, respectively, while Mississippi is ranked 47th.

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Source: WalletHub

WalletHub notes:

Most educators don’t pursue their profession for the money. Despite their critical role in shaping young minds, teachers across the U.S. are shortchanged every year. In fact, education jobs are some of the lowest-paying occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, and their salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation.

Tennessee should aspire to be among the best in our region, and we have the resources to make it happen — including a $925 million surplus for the recently-ended fiscal year. Using this surplus to close the teacher wage gap would improve our rankings and improve the quality of life for teachers. Additionally, the state would do well to heed the priorities outlined by the BEP Review Committee.

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One thought on “Tennessee Ranks 33rd in Climate for Teachers

  1. Is this shocking? TN ranks 47 out 50 for States with an Educated populace. And Nashville has 25% of its population with post secondary degrees so those 85 people a day moving here one wonders for what purpose? To get a degree at the institutes of higher learning that line the streets of Nashville and then leave. And those that stay are what? Entertainers/Waiters? That explains the 2500/mo apartments then. You cannot have a State and City that underfunds education, that has a transient attitude about its graduates from the schools in which we are so proud. As for locals going to them we know that is not the case as public education is not the source sadly for any prospects. Met a 5th grader who counts on his hands of late? I have. Welcome to MNPS. All the signs, branding, pledging, threatening and patronizing doesn’t change the truth.

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