Letters to the Editor

Keller letter: Teachers’ pay

Upon reading the “Poverty” article in the Sunday, Jan. 17 Statesman, I had an interesting observation. The average household income needed in order to survive in the Pacific Northwest is $44,176 in Idaho. A quick Web search showed the average teacher salary in Idaho was $44,739 in 2014-2015. This salary is for individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree and many (most?) a master’s degree as well. Is it any wonder that Idaho is having problems in hiring enough teachers to meet its needs or that it is well below national standards in educating its youth?

David Keller, Meridian