On the eve of her visit to Reno, presidential candidate Kamala Harris issued a release touting her plan to give teachers a raise.
Her campaign estimates that under her plan the average increase for Nevada teachers would be $15,000.
“In Nevada, nearly 18 percent of teachers work a second job and the average teacher makes roughly $57,400,” reads a Nevada estimate on the Harris campaign website, referencing data from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Center for Education Statistics. “That’s about $15,000 less than similar professionals make in the state.”
“Nevada will receive the largest federal investment in teacher pay in history—enough to increase pay for nearly all of Nevada’s 17,335 teachers and entirely close the state’s teacher pay gap,” the campaign says.
The Harris plan also promises extra teacher pay increase in “highest-need schools, which disproportionately serve low-income students.”
The campaign estimates the plan will cost $315 billion nationally, which Harris proposes to fund by “strengthening” the estate tax and “cracking down on loopholes.”