Detroit schools found a way to attract teachers: Pay them more

June 18, 2021 ☼ detroiteducationteacherspayeconomy

Source: Bridge Michigan - Link

While schools across Michigan are facing a growing and potentially debilitating teacher shortage, Detroit has been able to pick and choose from more than 1,000 applicants for 140 positions so far this year.

By opening up its checkbook.

The district boosted starting salaries by 33 percent, from $38,000 in 2017 to more than $51,000 in the fall. It offered $3,000 in hazard pay to work during the pandemic, and is now offering $15,000 annual recurring bonuses for teachers in hard-to-fill areas such as special education.

Funny how this works, eh?