Pay teachers what they deserve for their expertise and dedication. In Georgia, teachers earn only 69% of what their peers can expect in other fields requiring comparable qualifications. At the very minimum, we must meet the national average and offer a starting salary of $60,000 per year, pegged to inflation. Also, we must provide financial incentives for teachers to seek continuing education, and additionally compensate those working in areas such as SPED, Title 1 Remediation, Gifted Ed, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Vocational Ed, Dual Disciplines, or Curriculum Development which require national or specialized certifications. It is imperative to establish a clear and definitive tenure track to retain the best and brightest, and allow for substantial pay increases based on advanced degrees, administrative duties, and years of experience. Educators are among the most respected of professionals, molding the minds of our students, and their salaries should be commensurate with their calling and value to society.