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A Job Anyone Can Do Isn’t Worth Very Much

Arizona is facing a teacher shortage and low pay is at least partly to blame. According to a recent report: Arizona’s elementary school teacher salaries rank “dead last” in the nation, when adjusted for cost of living, says (Dan) Hunting. High school teacher salaries come in at 48 out of 50 states, he says. Elementary school […]

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TN’s Broken School Funding Formula

From Tennessee Education Report: For the past two years, Gov. Haslam has proposed and the General Assembly has adopted education budgets that included four percent increases in state appropriations for the instructional salary component of the BEP. That means Tennessee teachers have received four percent raises in back-to-back years, right? Wrong. Instead, some teachers have […]

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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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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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Why Do Veteran Teachers Lose?

Yesterday, I posted about how North Carolina is planning to leave veteran teachers behind when it comes to a new set of pay raises. I also wrote about how Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is planning a new pay scale. Here’s what’s interesting: Both efforts at raising teacher pay leave veteran teachers behind. While the NC […]

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The Importance of Teacher Pay

A new report out of the Brown Center reveals the stunning gap between teacher pay in the United States and that of countries around the world. As the author notes: The simple summary: Other countries make teaching a more financially attractive career for college graduates than we do. To be clear, the survey showed the […]

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High-Priced Housing Hits Teachers Hard

NPR reports on the challenge faced by teachers in high-priced housing markets: They simply can’t afford to live or be a part of the communities where they teach. The story notes: Kelly Henderson loves her job, teaching at Newton South High School in a suburb west of Boston. But she’s frustrated she can’t afford to […]

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BEP Changes and Tennessee’s Urban Districts

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press: “Eliminating the CDF is a part of BEP 2.0,” agreed Andy Spears, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the ins and outs of Tennessee’s school funding formula. “But full funding of 2.0 would benefit urban districts. The CDF protects urban districts now, and 2.0 would have provided recurring revenue to […]

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OK Faces Teacher Shortage

Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister released a statement yesterday addressing that state’s teacher shortage: “The OSSBA survey confirms what we have all suspected, that the teacher shortage has worsened significantly. The shortage has meant the elimination of teaching positions, increased class sizes and the slashing of class offerings. We are shortchanging our schoolchildren each […]

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