DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Teacher salaries in Colorado school districts vary widely — from more than $71,500 in Boulder, well above the national average of $36,141, to just over $23,000 in several rural districts.
That's according to American City Business Journal research that combed through government data to find out which school districts in the state pay the most — and which pay the least.
Kerrie Dallman, president of the Colorado Education Association — a public sector labor union that advocates for public funding — said Colorado's low overall compensation for K-12 school teachers relative to national averages is steering the state into a potential crisis. Teachers could be in short supply at the same time as the state's population explodes.
"P art of your decision [to become a teacher] will be whether you can pay back your student loans. Another part is can you live in the same neighborhood in which you teach," Dallman said.
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