Washington sources reported that US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, has called for allocating a large federal investment to improve teacher salaries nationwide. Reports stated the California Democrat as saying on Saturday in Houston to a group of supporters “He is declaring to you that by the end of my first term, we will have improved teachers’ salaries so that we close the pay gap”.
Reportedly “Because right now, teachers are making over 10% less than other college educated graduates and that gap is about $13,000 a year, and he is pledging to you that through the federal resources that are available, we will close that gap.” She said Harris’ proposal would be the largest ever federal investment in teacher pay.
Moreover as candidates sweep across key battle ground states testing their economic messages with potential voters, Harris is the first to announce a plan to allocate funding to teachers. Apparently Education occupations have unions that represent more than 37% of employees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, far more than any other occupations and even though Harris didn’t provide further details about where the funds will come from, the campaign has said they will unveil the details of the full policy plan next week.