Should teachers be paid more?

I know this is an ongoing debate, so I will bring it to the wise ladies of Moms.com:

Should teachers be paid more? The average salary for a teacher nationally is 36k starting out. I am going to include a link about that. By the time a teacher retires that might be at 45k as a national average.

What do you think?

http://www.nea.org/home/2012-2013-average-startin…

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    06/24/14
    No. In oregon they get paid pretty well. An average of about 50,000 to 55,000 a year. And every year they go on strike to get more. Plus if you work in a school for a certain amount of time here in oregon you are eligable to have all or a large portion of you student loans paid for.
    That being said...if you are wanting to be a teacher you know what you are getting into. You shouldn't be in it to get rich. If you don't think your family can survive doing it then you find a career that you can enjoy while making more money...or you love within the means of what a teacher makes. I have always wanted to go I school to get into social work, knowing full well that I would not make a ton of money. It would be something I would deal with to be doing something that I enjoy.
    Now I DO think that they need to have their supplies...well...supplied! I think it's awful that some schools make teachers pay for their basic supplies.
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    06/24/14
    It's pretty low. There are some higher areas but not bad. We moved here because we could and are renting a 3 bedroom house for half of what our tiny 1 bedroom apartment was in california. SO much cheaper!
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    06/24/14
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    06/24/14
    I think they should have like a certain amount every year for supplies and a reasonable amount. But like here 50-55,000 IS a high paying job. Now places like California need to step it up.
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