By Cory Booker
We have a teacher compensation problem in America.
Teachers pour their hearts, souls and even their personal resources into their demanding jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Education, for example, in the 2007-08 school year, 92 percent of teachers paid out-of-pocket for classroom supplies or on the unmet needs of their students. And in low-income areas, teachers are called upon even more frequently to provide extra support, financial and nonfinancial, for the children they teach.