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How a Fair Starting Salary Attracts the Best and Brightest to Teaching

June 8, 2012 by twalker  
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By John Rosales When Matt Goldstein graduated in 2005 from Pennsauken High School in New Jersey, his dream was to finish college and return to the school as a teacher. In 2011, after serving as a substitute teacher for several years, Goldstein, 24, became a fulltime teacher at Pennsauken at a starting salary of $53,000. [...]

Red Flag: Public Colleges Hiring Too Many Part-Time Faculty

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By Mary Ellen Flannery A recent red-flag letter to Miami Dade College from its accreditors, which warned that administrators have relied too heavily on part-time faculty, isn’t so much an indictment of the college as it is of the state’s right-wing governor and state legislators. This year, even while handing away billions of dollars in [...]

Adjunct Faculty in Illinois Win Right to Unionize

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By Mary Ellen Flannery It’s been more than two years since adjunct professor Curtis Keyes Jr. and his colleagues at East-West University in Chicago decided they didn’t want to live on peanut-butter sandwiches anymore. They didn’t want to say farewell to two-thirds of their faculty friends at the end of each semester. They wanted a [...]

How Do We Increase Teacher Quality in Low-Income Schools?

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By Cindy Long An eighth grade math class in Oakland, California, had so many substitute teachers in one year the students couldn’t keep track of them, let alone remember all their names. They live in a high-poverty neighborhood where school funding is so low the district finds it cheaper to hire a series of substitutes [...]

Teacher Pay Still Losing Ground

April 5, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long When Jason Hubler, a fifth grade teacher from Jefferson County, Kentucky, heard a Fox News host claim families making $250,000 a year aren’t rich, he was floored. “Maybe at the end of my career I might earn a third of that. But yet teachers are considered overpaid?” he asks in astonishment. Hubler [...]

Laptops Are Not Teachers

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By Tim Walker The third bill of Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s education reform plan is headed for final passage. The bill allocates new spending on laptop computers for high school students across the state. New technology in the classroom – what could be wrong with that? In Idaho’s case, almost everything. Luna’s plan isn’t [...]

A Wave of Teacher Retirements on the Horizon

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By Mary Ellen Flannery In Wisconsin, the number of state employees who have applied to retire this year is already 73 percent over last year – and public schools are bracing for a full-on stampede before contracts end in June. Educators simply can’t afford to stay on. With Gov. Scott Walker’s success in gutting collective [...]

Exposing the Big Lie About “Overpaid” Public Employees

February 21, 2011 by twalker  
Filed under Must Reads, Salary, State News

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A new study reveals that state and local workers in Wisconsin and Ohio are already making significantly less pay and benefits than private sector employees with the same qualifications and traits doing similar jobs. Source: Economic Policy Institute

Federal Budget 2012: Battle Brewing Over Education

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By Alain Jehlen President Barack Obama this week presented Congress with a lean budget that focuses scarce financial resources on education, so the next generation of Americans can succeed in the world economy. That’s in contrast to a proposal by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) to make draconian budget cuts in the current [...]

Snow Days Mean No Pay For Some Support Professionals

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By Kevin Hart From Maine to Michigan to Montana, nothing brings a smile to Snow Belt students’ faces faster than a snow day. But these unscheduled interruptions to the school year have a dark side for many hourly and per-diem education support professionals, who may experience lost wages and lighter paychecks when school is canceled. [...]

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