Preschool teachers deserve better pay as education is critical

Preschool teachers deserve better pay as education is critical

A couple of weeks ago WISC’s Keely Arthur reported that every year 35 percent of early childhood educators leave their jobs.

In programs deemed by the state as “lower quality” that number is closer to 50 percent. How in the world can we create state where every child thrives with that kind of turnover of preschool teachers?

Not that we should be surprised in the slightest. We as a state have refused to adequately invest in our children for too many years — hence this editorial agenda item.

Our current state government has chosen to demean the teaching profession for political reasons. And the current salary for a preschool teacher, according to one study, is on average $20,000 a year.

The story is frightening. Early childhood education is critical for kids and for parents working to get by. We need more preschool teachers and we have to pay them better.

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