A new website that gives users instant access to teacher-contract data in the nation’s 50 largest school districts reveals that the Long Beach Unified School District ranks No. 1 when it comes to offering the highest starting salary for a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree — $47,653. The database is described in a recent edition of the national publication, Education Week. The National Center for Teacher Quality offers the database on its website, billing the publicly available portal as "groundbreaking" and "the first of its kind, empowering anyone to analyze and compare the day-to-day operations of teachers and schools in a single district or all 50." The database brings together in a single, searchable site collective bargaining agreements, school board policies, laws pertaining to teachers, and other information for the 50 districts. Long Beach schools also perform competitively in other salary categories, including salaries for teachers who possess a master’s degree. Searches may be conducted with just a few quick keystrokes. The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms on a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels to increase the number of highly effective teachers.