Bernie Sanders wrote a tweet about the salaries of school teachers, he claimed the following:
More than a third of all teachers have worked a second job to makes ends meet. And average wages for public school teachers have gone DOWN over the last 20 years.
As president, I will ensure teachers are paid what they deserve — a starting salary at least $60,000 a year.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 31, 2019
“More than a third of all teachers have worked a second job to makes ends meet”
Fact Check 1:
16 percent of teachers in America currently have a second job. (New York Times) However, that doesn’t include the percentage of teachers who have had a second job in the past.
“Average wages for public school teachers have gone DOWN over the last 20 years”
Fact Check 2:
This appears to be true.
In the U.S. the average salary of a teacher was $58,950 for the 2016-17 school year. If adjusted for inflation, that amount is slightly less than what teachers made in the 1999-2000 year. (USA Today) Although there isn’t more recent data than 2016-17, the statement seems broadly true.