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7/04/2005

Nation's largest union sets goal of $40,000 starting salary for teachers

Source: WKYT/Associated Press

The National Education Association says the typical starting salary for teachers should be 40-thousand dollars.It's a lofty goal. Not a single state pays its new instructors an average of 40-thousand dollars. And the American Federation of Teachers, another teachers' union, says the U-S average hovers close to 30-thousand dollars for beginning teachers.

Still, NEA president Reg Weaver says his officers will work with their state and local chapters to lobby state leaders and school boards.

The NEA is holding its annual meeting in Los Angeles.

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