Hawaii is ranked among the worst places to be a teacher in the nation, according to annual rankings by the website WalletHub released this week.
The Aloha state came in 46th this year — up from 47 last year. The Best and Worst States to Teach rankings are based on things like starting and average salary for teachers, growth potential, pupil-to-teacher ratio and public school spending.
The study didn’t take into account perhaps the biggest current beef from teachers in the state — temperatures and the availability of air conditioning.
The conclusion that Hawaii is not a great place to launch a teaching career seems to come down largely to salaries. Because of the high cost of living, Hawaii ranked 51st (out of 50 states and the District of Columbia) for starting salary and median salary. It ranked 18th for public school spending, and 37th for pupil-to-teacher ratio.