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Moving From Ideology To Evidence In The Debate About Public Sector Unions

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Aren't private school teachers roughly an equivalent to public school teachers?

Stuart--Yes--and private school teachers tend to earn less. Part of the reason is better working conditions which serve as some compensating mechanism. However, arguing that wages should be lower for public school teachers since private school teachers make less ignores the fact that private school teacher turnover is MUCH greater than in public schools and those that quit private schools cite low wages as the primary cause. Note, also, that teacher turnover has a negative effect on student achievement.

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