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Posted on Nov 3, 2008 in Barack Obama, Campaign '08, Party Politics

Question set #1, Topic: Education

One goal of your comprehensive education plan for Pre-K to 12 is to “recruit, support, and reward teachers and principals to ensure that every school in America is filled with outstanding educators.”  You advocate “paying teachers as professionals.”  According to the National Education Association (NEA) the average teacher’s salary in 2005-2006 was $49,026; California has the highest pay at $59,825.


  1. What will be the role, and cost, of the Federal Government’s new direct and indirect involvement in recruiting teachers?
  2. What do you propose be the new, elevated national average teacher’s salary?
  3. What will be the proportional funding of that increase as sustained by local, country, state, and federal taxing entities?
  4. What will be the expected increase in federal employment headcount required to establish and maintain the new educational initiatives you propose?