The private sector’s ability to hire more teachers has also been growing, which has resulted in higher salaries for the more experienced educators, who tend to have more experience in the profession, according to research published in January.
Private school tuition, for instance, rose nearly 13% from 2010 to 2019, according a 2016 report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
In comparison, public schools saw a 6.4% drop in their tuition rates, according the National Center for Education Statistics.
Some states, including Pennsylvania, are seeing a decrease in tuition.
Some private school systems have been seeing their tuition go up as well, especially in the last few years.
“We think that it’s really important that we have access to quality teaching, because the private sector can offer a greater variety of teachers, which is why they are paying more, because they know that they are making more money, and that is a better investment,” Billie S. Coker, a senior vice president for policy and research at the National Education Association, told the Associated Press.
But as more students are attending private schools, the public sector is starting to pay more, and public schools are still paying their teachers better.
The U.S. Department of Education says in 2018-2019, the average salary for a public school teacher was $51,971.
The average salary of a public teacher in 2020 was $63,722, according data compiled by the nonprofit Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
In 2020, the U.K. also had a higher percentage of public schools with average salaries of $60,726 compared to the U and the UK.
The public sector average was $59,719 in 2020.
Private school tuition rose nearly 6% from 2016 to 2019 and continues to rise, according to the AP.
Teachers and administrators at the private schools have also been getting raises, but the pay for teachers has remained stagnant.
The pay of teachers for the private and charter sectors is set by a formula that determines how much a teacher makes, according National Association of State Boards of Education, a trade group for education officials.
In 2019, the private school sector received more than $8.2 billion in federal funding, according TOEFL.
That includes grants and scholarships, as well as salaries, the AP found.
It’s unclear how much the private sectors are paying their public school teachers, but they are likely making more than the public schools.
In 2019, public school tuition for elementary and middle school students was $9,868, according ToEFL, compared to $11,049 for private schools.
A recent report from a consortium of researchers found that while the public school pay for public school educators is still the lowest in the country, public sector pay is still above private sector pay.
According to the AP, a new report by the National Association for State Boards and Trustees found that the federal government paid $1.3 billion in subsidies to public schools and colleges in 2019.
Meanwhile, private schools continue to have some of the highest student-to-teacher ratios in the nation.
According to the National College Board, the ratio of student-teachers to faculty in private and public school classrooms is more than 100, and it’s more than three times higher than the national average.
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