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Tennessee Governor Betrays Teachers

From Tennessee Education Report: Gov. Bill Haslam tweeted on October 3, 2013: “Teachers are the key to classroom success and we’re seeing real progress.  We want to be the fastest improving state in teacher salaries.” The first hint that being fast-improving might take some time came in the Governor’s 2014 budget presentation, when he proposed […]

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Winning the War for Teaching Talent

From Kentucky Education Report: Stu Silberman from the Prichard Committee turns over his blog at EdWeek to Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt who discussed the need for a War for Talent in Teaching. Sheratt argues that baby-boomer retirements and a growing focus on the importance of teacher quality mean states and districts must do more to improve the teaching […]

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The Value Proposition for Teachers

From Tennessee Education Report: Most research suggests that school-based factors account for roughly 50% of the impact on student achievement.  Non-school factors (home life, poverty, education level of parents, etc.) account for the other 50%.  Of school-based factors, a child’s teacher can impact up to 50% of student achievement.  That makes it the biggest school-based […]

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NC Teachers: It’s Bad News Calling!

Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post has a troubling story out of North Carolina about teachers receiving automated phone calls to alert them to the state’s new plan to award “merit pay” to the top 25% of the state’s teachers.  If you’re in the bottom 75%, no raise for you! The story comes by way of […]

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Teacher Pay: You Can’t Buy Groceries with Gratitude

This article originally appeared in TREND, the digital magazine of Professional Educators of Tennessee. Recently, Tennessee posted impressive gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  In fact, over the past two years, Tennessee had the highest gains of any state in the nation in reading and math.  That’s right. Tennessee is first in […]

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