The leader of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Randi Weingarten earns over half a million dollars a year in her job – more than nine times the average teacher salary in the United States
In 2019, Weingarten received a salary of $ 489,844 along with $ 74,392 in second compensation, bringing her total pull for the year to $ 564,236, according to AFT’s Internal Revenue Service Form 990 for the year, the most recent available year.
The average salary for public high school teachers was $ 62,870 as of May 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For preschool, elementary, middle, secondary, and special education teachers, the median salary was $ 58,550, according to the BLS.
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AFT did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on whether Weingarten’s high salary is justified by her work.
Weingarten came under fire Wednesday when she claimed Republicans were “bullying” teachers out of teaching “honest history” about race while speaking during a livestream event headed by controversial author Ibram X. Kendi.
“There are lawmakers, mostly from the Republican Party, who are currently bullying teachers and trying to prevent us from teaching children honest history,” Weingarten said, referring to Republican opposition to critical race theory in schools.
“Look, maybe they’re just trying to raise the temperature of race conditions because of the next election,” she continued.
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Teachers’ unions across the country have been under fire over the past year for repeatedly throwing up barriers to reopening schools for personal learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
Weingarten has recently renamed itself as a staunch advocate for reopening schools.
Fox News’ Jon Michael Raasch contributed reporting