When talking teacher pay, rural Montana educators aim to turn a weakness into a strength

January 3, 2018

Focusing on money doesn't seem like a strong pitch for recruiting rural teachers, with Montana's rookie pay worse than any other state in the nation.

"You're entering a profession where it's not high-paying to begin with," said former Sidney superintendent Dan Farr. "But look at that salary index and see where it ends up."

Combined with low housing prices and extra salary opportunities, Farr and other educators argued that rural teaching can be a sweet deal.

MATT HOFFMAN mhoffman@billingsgazette.com