Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has revealed details of her proposal to give public school teachers a raise.
The 2020 Democrat is proposing an increase in federal spending with the goal of funding an average salary increase of $13,500 for public school teachers by the end of her first four years in office, CNN reports. The Harris campaign says this will cost $315 billion over 10 years, and she plans to pay for it with changes to estate tax, per NBC News.
Harris' proposal involves the federal government in the first year providing 10 percent of the funding to states to close what she has described as the salary gap between teachers and other college-educated graduates, Vox explains. States would receive incentives to contribute, and in subsequent years, the federal government would provide $3 for every $1 from the state.
Harris said during a recent speech per The Wall Street Journalthat with this proposal, the question is "what's the return on the investment," and "on this, the investment will be our future." Brendan Morrow