Are the students in Floyd county GA achieving more than those with a similar demographic in Chattanooga? If not then perhaps TN is doing right by their taxpayers in getting good value. Why does any state with budget problems feel good about overpaying for ANY service, teachers included?
When stay at home moms can teach their own children or when Amish teachers with a high school diploma can teach every child to read an write in both English and Deutsch as well by the end of first grade. And they have none of the cultural advantages of the affluent. No sesame street, no children's theatre, no Epcot center, no computer learning games.
Teachers have a value that should be fairly compensated by the marketplace
This article is a whole lot of words signifying nothing. People will follow the money and since every state is contiguous to at least several other states, some state will always be the low payer.
The only thing that matters is the impact of the situation described. Not once did this article cite ONE statistic that showed a negative consequence of the "commuter teacher".
TN residents teaching in GA, contrary to the suggestion made by Adam Crisp, DO pay on the salary earned in GA. So when you factor in the commute, the wear and tear on their vehicle, the income taxes due...is it all that more lucrative AND even if it is so what?
Are these border school's students academic outcome suffering?