Teacher's salaries differ depending on state and county. Lets just say they start at 35K a "year" (9 month work year), that is the same as 46.6K a 12 month work year. And, their benefits are better than most any others. I would not call that low for a starting "package". They also get more holidays than most anyone in any other profession of which I am aware. . And, I am guessing few, if any, private schools can match the benefits offered by the public school system.
My daughter attends a private school. Most all of her teachers were professionals in a field before they became a teacher, or they have little other job experience but have at least a masters in the field of study they teach. All of them I have spoken to on the subject, bar none, work at a private school b/c they really want to teach - but they will not teach at a public school. So, I think the public schools would have no difficulty whatsoever locating qualified teachers if they made their primary mission education and had some sort of reasonable discipline codes in place and enforced them.
My brother has a BS in Information Technologies, as does my brother-in-law. My brother makes $110K a year in Georgia working in the IT department of a large company (can't remember the field). He's not HEAD of the IT department, in fact, he's fairly low down on the totem pole. The head of the department is making closer to $150-160K a year (not including bonuses). He works Monsay through Friday with all major holidays off, paid. My brother-in-law works for Nissan as a manager in the sound engineering department. Before his promotion, he was making roughly $75K a year. Again, he works Monday through Friday with major holidays off, paid, as well as paid travel and vacations (he's been with Nissan for 10+ years, so he gets a lot of vacation).
Neither my brother, nor my brother-in-law, have more schooling than my mom, who has her BA in Elementary Education. Yet their starting salaries were significantly higher (two to three times higher) than my mom's salary wa when she retired after ten years with the same school district. Teachers are salaried, yes, but they are only paid during the nine months that they work. During the summer, most teachers have to take a part-time or full-time job (unless they're lucky enough that their significant other works full-time and can support them on their wages) over the summer, usually making minimum wage.
Also, I would LOVE to see a teacher who gets decent medical benefits. My friend that I mentioned earlier showed me her medical benefits statement once. My medical benefits, working full-time at Goodwill for basically minimum wage, were not only better than hers, but cost me less. Posted via Mobile Device