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By Max Chadwick, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)– A new report ranked New York as the best state to work in for teachers. It’s the second year in a row that the Empire State took home the top honor.
The website WalletHub published the ranking. Jamesville-Dewitt high school principal Paul Gasparini thinks that New York treats its teachers better than any other state.
“Our teachers’ salaries are second to none. New York takes care of its teachers because they’re the ones who take care of our kids.”
New York ranked second in the nation for public school spending per student, fourth for teachers’ income growth potential and fifth for average salary, adjusted for the cost of living, according to the Times Union.
Gasparini believes his high school is a perfect representation of the quality of New York public schools.
“We have a good amount of students-to-teacher ratio. We pay our teachers more than other states pay theirs. I feel like Jamesville-Dewitt treats its teachers well, which represents the state in which we reside.”
The diversity in New York also allows teachers to have a wide variety of experiences.
“New York is pretty diverse in that it has urban, suburban and rural areas, so you have a good representation of every kind of school district.”
Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois and North Dakota round out the top five while Hawaii finished last in the ranking.