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RealityCheck: Teacher Pay | From Senator Joe Fain

June 13, 2017

#RealityCheck: Teacher Pay
Teachers around the state are paid very differently. This week’s question tests how your perception matches up with reality.

Data for this week’s Reality.Check is provided by the Washington State Office of Financial Management and the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee. You can browse this searchable database at

The database lists all teachers in each district and their total pay (including supplemental contracts for professional development, coaching stipends, etc.) but does not include health care or retirement benefits.

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Last week’s #RealityCheck
Last week, I asked about full-time employment in Washington. The reality was shocking to many respondents.

The changing nature of employment: frequent job changes, working multiple part-time jobs at the same time, more contractor work, etc., has profound public policy implications.

For many in our workforce, relying on employer-based programs to provide benefits like paid leave, health care, and retirement is becoming more difficult.

Here are some additional statistics showing how many hours a given percent of the workforce worked for the same employer in 2016.

*Data provided by the Washington State Employment Security Division. 
If you only read one…
This week The Seattle Times Education Lab profiled some amazing work done in the Onalaska School District to increase the number of its college-bound graduates. All of Onalaska’s 43 graduating seniors have been accepted to college thanks in part to an intensive and mandatory “Senior Success” class.

The course focuses on life after high school, with particular attention to applying for scholarships and financial aid, college applications, admissions essays, and other critical tasks.

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