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Education Secretary Sees Little Difference in Teachers with Master's Degrees

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LAS VEGAS -- There is a major budget crunch for schools around southern Nevada. That is why some people are questioning whether teachers should be getting a bigger salary simply because they have a master's degree.

The U.S. Secretary of Education says there's little evidence students are getting any better education from teachers who have advanced degrees. Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a speech recently on how financially challenged districts could do more with less.

Teachers who have masters degrees typically earn $5,000 more in annual salary.

"The fact of the matter is, if we don't get pay increases for master's programs, we're not going to get them," said a student getting their master's degree.

Students at UNLV's Masters of Education classes disagreed with Secretary Duncan's statements. Duncan stated districts nationwide pay $8 billion a year to teachers with masters degrees when there's little evidence it improves student achievement. He made an exception for teachers who earn master's in math and science.

"We certainly don't have research that shows that a masters's degree definitely increases student achievement. We also do not have evidence that it does not. I think what he's raising is a question of whether or not perhaps there should be research done," said Clark County School District School Board Vice President Caroyln Edwards.

CCSD pays starting teachers with a bachelor's degree $35,000. Those with master's degrees get $40,000. There are 13,000 local teachers with master's degrees, bringing at least $65 million in salary extra payments.

The district faces tough budget negotiations with teachers next year. So far, no district leaders are proposing adjusting the way teachers with master's degrees are paid. But with Secretary Duncan saying there's little to show for that extra pay, the idea of adjusting salaries is now out there.

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