By Billy Ball
Here’s one innovative approach to solving a nationwide teacher shortage: Exempt educators altogether from paying income taxes.
That’s the proposal out of California, according to a report this weekend from the U.S. News & World Report.
It comes as states, including North Carolina, struggle to bait young people into joining a profession notorious for long hours and low pay. In North Carolina, it’s a major problem, with state reports pointing to droves of exiting teachers amid waning interest in teaching programs in the university system.
Officials say California’s proposal marks the first time a U.S. state has considered such a landmark tax exemption for teachers, although states have talked over similar proposals for law enforcement officers.