Teacher pay in two maps.

Heres a map, from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center,

showing the average cost of living in different states as of the third quarter of

this year.

Washington is the 15th most expensive state. Below, a map from the

Higher Ed Data Stories blog, showing the average public school teacher salary

in each state. Washington is 22nd out of 50 states.  And keep in mind that

Seattles cost of living is well above the state average, and its teacher salary isnt.

Teachers arent the only people who take salary cuts for the privilege of living

in this place, but we should keep these sacrifices in mind when we are

considering how to attract the best people to lead our classrooms.

-Fiona Cohen