It didn't start with Trump: how America came to undervalue teachers

October 5, 2018 | | The Guardian |

Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, argues: “We cannot rely on states to fund education on their own or even allow for collective bargaining in many states. So I think that the federal government has to step in and provide some real financial leverage in order to raise the number of teachers, raise the job quality for teachers and raise, even if it’s nonteaching jobs, the positions that have been eliminated, particularly in two-year colleges but across the education system.”

The first step? “More money, I would say,” Huelsman replies. “It’s very simple to say, but I think sometime the simple answer is the obvious answer.”