There aren't very many new teachers in our district this year, not so much because of a low turnover rate, but because teachers are being laid off all over the place. Due to some cuts in our literacy program (awesome, I know), we ended up condensing a few positions and we ended up with social studies position that is a .4. This means that this teacher only teaches two classes, and only makes 40% of a typical salary, which means the position is VERY difficult to fill in a normal year.
As a result, we ended up with a brand new teacher in that position. He just graduated from a major university where there were 32 other teachers in the secondary program with him.
Of those 32 other teachers, he is the only one with a job.
I feel really bad for teachers who are just graduating from college. 3-4 years ago, when most of these teachers entered their teacher training programs, jobs were plentiful and teaching was considered a "safe" profession, one that would always have an opening. But now, these kids are graduating from college with no options. This new guy told us that he made more working at a local grocery store during college than he will as a professional educator.
So $75,000 after starting college...here he is. Making less than his students.