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September 5, 2018
The salary slide: as other professionals see growth, teachers’ pay stagnates, new report finds
Teachers now earn about 20 percent less than other college-educated workers, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute, a union-backed think tank.
September 4, 2018
An initiative that helps teachers buy a home is expanding to 15 Colorado districts
Using philanthropic dollars, the initiative pays for part of an educator’s down payment.
August 3, 2018
Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor
The state's next leader will set the course for school funding and shape education policy on everything from student testing to teacher evaluations.
June 27, 2018
Tennessee teachers have a new voice. Meet the next leader of the state’s largest teacher group
When Beth Brown takes office July 1 as the new president of the Tennessee Education Association, she’ll become the youngest elected leader of…
June 26, 2018
Teachers expecting to be paid for two summer trainings will only be paid for one. Now they’re dropping out.
The superintendent said he was willing to talk with the school board about more stipends for professional development, but he was hesitant to pay more.
mind the gap
June 15, 2018
In female-dominated education field, women still lag behind in pay, according to two new studies
Two new studies illustrate how even the education field — a female-dominated one where many salaries aren’t open to negotiation — isn’t immune to the gender pay gap.
the new deal
June 5, 2018
Aurora teachers could get a pay bump in the fall, with a chance for more in January
The Aurora school board must still give final approval to the new teacher pay agreement.
May 10, 2018
As Detroit’s schools chief celebrates new salaries, veteran teachers may want to give the district a second look
Detroit school officials took to the podium on Thursday to trumpet new pay guidelines they hope will help fill 190 teacher vacancies.
May 4, 2018
Why Colorado’s teacher shortage bills fall short
The legislative effort to address Colorado's teacher shortages will have only a modest impact because it fails to tackle the root causes.
Carrots not sticks
May 4, 2018
Here’s how Colorado lawmakers are spending $10 million to reduce the teacher shortage
Colorado is following the path laid out by research. What will matter is how these programs are implemented and sustained over time.
May 3, 2018
Aurora school district’s draft budget for next year includes proposed salary increases and principal training
The final budget will be up for a board vote in June.
May 2, 2018
Pueblo teachers are cleared to strike after state regulators decline to intervene
Teachers in Pueblo could be on strike as soon as Monday.
May 1, 2018
Colorado was never ranked 46th for teacher pay. Does this change the debate?
The ranking has become a key feature of the school funding debate, and it’s unlikely to disappear from the public narrative anytime soon.
May 1, 2018
All Memphis teachers could get a raise now that TNReady scores won’t affect their pay
Shelby County Schools had originally planned to give raises to teachers with high evaluation scores, but TNReady issues sent district leaders back to the drawing board.
April 30, 2018
After teacher rallies, the work ‘shifts to the local community level,’ Colorado union president says
Teachers need to convince local school boards to raise salaries, and they need to convince neighbors to vote for a statewide tax in November, the CEA president said.
What 'underfunded' means
April 26, 2018
What you need to know to follow the money debate behind the teacher walkouts
What do people mean when they say Colorado schools are underfunded?
April 26, 2018
Colorado teachers are rallying at the Capitol for more funding and higher pay. Follow the protest here.
Thousands of Colorado teachers are expected to protest at the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday. The teachers are rallying for more school funding and higher pay.
Day without a Teacher
April 23, 2018
These Colorado school districts are canceling classes for teacher protests
They include eight of the state’s 10 largest districts, serving more than 400,000 students.
April 17, 2018
Colorado teachers plan more walkouts, and Jeffco canceled classes one day next week
The announcements come after hundreds of teachers marched at the Capitol Monday to protect their retirement benefits and call for more school funding.
April 16, 2018
With school finance act, Colorado lawmakers try to pass the hot potato of teacher pay to local districts
The school finance act puts more money into K-12 education than Colorado has spent at any point since the Great Recession.
April 16, 2018
Why Colorado teachers marched on the state Capitol
Chanting “Education is a right! That is why we have to fight!” and “Whose schools? Our schools!” several hundred teachers came to the Colorado State Capitol Monday.
April 13, 2018
What you need to know about the $7 million set aside for Memphis teacher raises in 2018
Now that there's $7 million for teacher pay raises in next year’s budget, Chalkbeat explains which teachers will get a raise, how much, and why.
Red for ed
April 13, 2018
A day of action by Colorado teachers will bring hundreds to the Capitol and already one district has canceled classes
Educators in Colorado are calling attention to school funding shortfalls — and in one case forcing a school district to cancel classes.
April 10, 2018
A proposed budget for Memphis schools comes out this week. Here’s what we know so far.
The budget so far doesn’t include any major new initiatives as the district circles its wagons to strengthen strategies already in place.
Race to the Bottom
April 5, 2018
Colorado teachers can claim an unwelcome distinction: most underpaid in the nation (or close to it)
Teachers and policy makers have started to make connections between low pay here and labor unrest elsewhere.
April 3, 2018
As teachers across the country demand higher pay, here’s how much salaries have stalled — and why it matters for kids
The protesters are making the case that they’re not just fighting for themselves but for their students and state.
At what cost
February 1, 2018
Do schools lose ground when losing top teachers to turnaround schools? A little, but it’s worth it, says Tennessee research
New research addresses a nagging concern about the quest to lure top teachers to struggling schools.
January 29, 2018
Haslam proposes teacher pay hike for third straight year in Tennessee
Public schools would get an extra $212 million, including funding for increasing teacher pay for the third straight year, under Gov. Bill Haslam’s final proposed budget.
January 29, 2018
Haslam to propose another teacher pay increase in Tennessee
As he prepares to deliver his final State of the State Address, Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to increase teacher pay for a third straight year.
January 24, 2018
Six things we heard during Tennessee’s first gubernatorial forum on education
Tennessee voters got their first good look at most candidates for governor during an education forum televised statewide.
year in review
December 22, 2017
State leaders took a hard look at the teacher shortage in 2017
The problem of teacher shortages has plagued some Colorado school districts for years, but it reached a tipping point of sorts in 2017.
Vacant schools in Detroit
November 15, 2017
As the Detroit district focuses on improving its building stock, it’s still unclear why one sale is being denied
He also proposed creating a focus group to look into the salaries of principals and administrators.
November 7, 2017
McQueen wants teacher pay to go up and local costs to go down for Tennessee’s student intervention program
As Gov. Bill Haslam prepares the final budget of his administration, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is asking to increase teacher pay for a third straight year.
Detroit week in review
November 3, 2017
Detroit week in review: Payrolls and proficiency
Almost half of Detroit district schools could potentially be on the closure list.
October 31, 2017
A simple solution for solving teacher shortages: pay incentives for hard-to-find educators
A new study offers a straightforward solution to teacher shortages: give bonuses or provide loan forgiveness to teachers in positions that are hard to staff.
getting what you pay for
October 5, 2017
Want more young people to aspire to become teachers? Try paying teachers more
There’s building evidence that higher teacher pay helps encourage people to enter and stay in the classroom.
Letter to teachers
July 31, 2017
After telling teachers they won’t get summer paychecks, Detroit charter school management company explains how it hopes to get teachers paid
Matchbook Learning had alerted teachers at the Michigan Technical Academy Wednesday that money that was supposed to pay teachers would go to pay off the school’s debts.
July 28, 2017
Week in review: A raise for some Detroit teachers — no pay for others
The situation at the Detroit charter school where teachers won’t get their summer paychecks is a reminder about…
Week In Review
June 2, 2017
Week in review: New Detroit schools superintendent makes the rounds at Mackinac and 6 more things you should know about Detroit schools
Detroit school news this week was dominated by new Detroit schools superintendent Nikolai Vitti as he made the rounds at the Mackinac policy…
May 24, 2017
Every Tennessee teacher will make at least $33,745 under new salary schedule
Some teachers in 46 Tennessee districts will see a pay boost next year after the State Board of Education votes to raise the minimum salary for educators.
April 12, 2017
Teacher merit pay has merit when it comes to student scores, analysis shows
After years of conflicting studies about whether teacher incentive pay improves student performance, a Vanderbilt University analysis offers a conclusion — and suggestions.
March 21, 2017
Teacher pay overhaul would establish merit pay, tackle salary inequities
The overhaul would take effect next school year using $10.7 million earmarked in Hopson’s proposed $945 million spending plan for 2017-18.
March 16, 2017
Hopson wants to raise teacher salaries, but who will get them is still under debate
The superintendent wants to base raises on teacher evaluations, but union leaders want some inequities in the compensation structure corrected first.
March 13, 2017
Hopson wants to invest in Memphis teacher raises, student supports, struggling schools
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson unveils a $945 million spending plan that avoids the layoffs and cuts that have dominated recent budgets for Shelby County Schools.
February 2, 2017
How a rural preschool overcame an industrywide challenge and paid teachers more
While low wages are the norm for many early childhood teachers, a small preschool in northeastern Colorado found a way to buck the trend.
January 30, 2017
Haslam proposes 5 percent boost for K-12 education in Tennessee
In addition to proposing free community college for all Tennesseans, Haslam asks for almost $183 million more in K-12 education spending.
January 6, 2017
Funding for Indiana schools, preschool and teachers have seen major changes. Lawmakers are now taking a second look.
House Republicans are proposing fundamental changes in how money is distributed to Indiana school districts.
November 8, 2016
Haslam plans to seek teacher pay boost for third straight year
Tennessee's governor says he'll seek a substantial increase for teacher pay, although not as much as the state could afford with its considerable surplus.
November 3, 2016
Hopson: All teachers to receive 3 percent raise, not just top-rated ones
The decision comes after Memphis leaders learned it will be December before Shelby County Schools receives state data needed to determine teacher scores.
October 13, 2016
Recruiting teachers to rural Colorado: Smaller classrooms and more freedom, but about that salary …
Short-term help is on the way for Colorado's rural school districts suffering from the strain of chronic teacher shortages.
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