Archive | August, 2016

WV Pre-K Shows Early Promise

A report out of West Virginia shows the Pre-K program there making a noticeable difference in student success. Here are some highlights: Results include: •Children who attended Pre-K outperformed those who had no Pre-K experience in every measure •Benefits of Pre-K were most profound in print knowledge •Classroom quality averages all exceed minimal quality, and […]

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Wisconsin Reacts to Teacher Shortage

Yesterday, I noted that Utah has adopted a pretty silly policy as a means of addressing the teacher shortage. Now, word that Wisconsin is changing teacher license standards to allow more people to enter (or re-enter) the field. The Lacrosse Tribune reports: State schools Superintendent Tony Evers on Tuesday announced a group of changes to the state’s […]

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Because Paying Teachers More Makes Too Much Sense

Utah is facing a teacher shortage. Utah pays its teachers 30% less than professionals with similar education and training. So, Utah decides to raise teacher pay across the board and boost salaries for incoming teachers. It might also decide to revamp teacher training programs to encourage professionals who aren’t licensed to become teachers — a […]

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When all else fails, go on TV

An online charter school in Ohio facing scrutiny from the state’s Department of Education has taken to the airwaves in the face of a battle over attendance records and funding. EdWeek has more: With the records in hand, if the state determines that students aren’t actually attending the virtual classes, it could cut back funding […]

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Teacher Pay Gap Widening

EPI is out with a study highlighting the widening gap between what teachers earn and pay earned by similarly-educated professionals. It’s bad news. Here’s a bit of what I wrote over at Tennessee Education Report: The bottom line: Teacher pay matters. It may not be the only factor impacting who chooses teaching and who stays […]

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Ask the Teachers

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair talks about the importance of including teachers in education policy conversations in a recent piece in the Washington Post. Her post laments the lack of respect teachers are given in the policymaking process and also highlights a success story in Kentucky. It’s worth a read. Here’s an interesting excerpt: In America, however, many […]

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