Sen. Sherrod Brown in a suit

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

The COVID-19 pandemic only highlighted what we already knew – teachers are essential workers. Educators sacrifice so much for their students, and for our state.

Unfortunately, that hard work never pays off the way it should. On average, teachers are paid 20 percent less than other college graduates. Many of them work second jobs just to make ends meet. And on top of that, teachers often spend hundreds of dollars of their own hard-earned money on supplies for their classrooms.

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