Teacher Pay Shortfall Highlighted by AccordingToAmerica.com Quiz

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With today's Manhattan lawyer making an average of $103,000 more than the average teacher in the New York City school system each year, it's no surprise teacher pay is an issue at the forefront of AccordingToAmerica.com. AccordingToAmerica.com features a thought-provoking quiz relating to the most pressing political issues identified in Senator Bradley's new book "The New American Story." Quiz respondents can voice their opinions on teacher pay and instantly compare their answers to other quiz takers' responses.

Today's Manhattan lawyer makes an average of $103,000 more than the average teacher in the New York City school system each year. Teacher pay is a key political issue addressed in both "The New American Story," and the AccordingToAmerica.com quiz entitled "New Solutions or Old Politics: Are You Ready for a New American Story?" (http://www.AccordingToAmerica.com). "The New American Story," the sixth book from former Democratic senator, one-time presidential hopeful, NBA All-Star, and New York Times best seller Bill Bradley, was released March 27, 2007. AccordingToAmerica.com allows visitors to voice their opinions on American teacher pay and other hot political issues.

AccordingToAmerica.com quiz respondents can instantly compare their opinions on American teacher pay to other quiz respondents' answers. In addition to viewing their results, users have the opportunity to read in-depth explanations based on facts and Bradley's political views and experiences (http://www.AccordingToAmerica.com).

According to a Howard Levy study cited by Bill Bradley in "The New American Story," the gap between a first year teacher in the New York City school system and a first year lawyer at a prestigious Manhattan law firm has escalated from $2,000 in 1970 to $103,000 today. The average teacher salary for beginning teachers with a bachelor's degree in the U.S. was $31,704 for the 2003 to 2004 school year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Because of America's low teacher wages, Bradley calls for higher average teacher salaries and incentives, urging a doubling of teacher salaries--plus additional government supplements to teachers who work in "the biggest urban and poorest rural and suburban systems."

Bill Bradley served as a New Jersey Senator from 1978 to 1996 and ran for the Democratic presidential bid in 2000. He has authored extensive legislation including the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Bradley has also authored: "Time Present, Time Past," a New York Times bestseller about his life as a senator; "The Journey From Here;" New York Times bestseller "Values of the Game;" "The Fair Tax;" and "Life on the Run."

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