Teachers in the Grand Rapids public school district are among the highest paid in the country. The National Center for Policy Analysis surveyed teacher salaries in cities across the U.S., adjusted the salaries for local cost-of-living, and then ranked them for highest to lowest.
River City high school teachers came at the top with an adjusted average salary of $54,221 a year. (Don't forget, folks, that a teacher puts in only about 60% of the hours the typical working stiff does every year, which makes that salary the equivalent of $90K for a full-time job. Plus that doesn't include healthcare and pension benefits.) Local elementary school teachers did even better at $55,568 a year, even though they were eclipsed by Pittsburgh teachers for the top spot. Even without the cost-of-living adjustment, salaries for both groups still ranged in the low fifties.
So when GRPS Superintendent Bleke and the school board tell you the system has to go into receivership because there are no more cuts to be made, keep these fat salaries in mind.