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In New York State, how much money do teachers make in Charter Schools Versus regular public schools?

Asked by missjena (905 points ) December 13th, 2009

Is there a website I can look at? Since there are hardly any jobs in Long Island or Queens for new teachers I was wondering about Charter Schools but I need enough money to pay for bills etc. How much does one start off with at a Charter School?

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YARNLADY's avatar

As with any employment, it depends on experience and training. However, here in California, one way Charter Schools are able to provide a higher caliber education to the students is to pay lower salaries, and use part-time teachers.

Call your local school district employment office and discuss it with them. Usually Charter Schools are privately run and do their own hiring, but you can receive contact information from the district office.

JLeslie's avatar

Maybe this will help http://schools.nyc.gov/TeachNYC/SalaryBenefits/Salary/default.htm I would think charter schools get the same salaries, but that is a total guess.

sarahsugs's avatar

I work for a charter school in California that is very concerned with attracting and retaining the best and brightest teachers. One way our charter organization does that is to offer competitive salaries. I and my colleagues make significantly more than we would if we worked for the local public district. Something to consider is that frequently, as in my case, charter school teachers are not unionized. There are positives and negatives to this, but one positive as far as compensation goes is that salaries at non-unionized schools do not usually follow a step-by-step pay scale as do salaries at regular public schools. This means you can negotiate based on your experience and skill. Of course, in every state there is enormous variation in pay between and among districts and charter organizations. You definitely have to do the research. It may be hard to discover, however, what (non-unionized) charter schools pay without actually going through the application process.

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