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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.
August 29, 2016
Most Memphis teachers are due a 3 percent raise this year, but who and when?
Memphis educators will get a 3 percent if they rank a 3, 4 and 5 on their last evaluations. This marks Shelby County Schools' move to performance-based raises.
August 25, 2016
How much is $200 million championed by Haslam for teacher raises boosting paychecks? It depends.
Tennessee districts have vastly different resources, and choose to invest their state funding in different ways.
August 9, 2016
New study: Teachers’ wages lag further behind their peers than ever before
The wage gap between teachers and other professionals with similar education and experience reached an all-time high of 17 percent in 2015.
June 30, 2016
Budget is set, finally, for Memphis schools; now the spending begins
On the eve of its new fiscal year, leaders for Shelby County Schools iron out the final details of the district’s $959 million budget.
Down to the details
May 11, 2016
Flurry of budget changes would raise salaries, change benefits for Memphis teachers
The school board for Shelby County Schools will vote next week on a $954 million proposed budget for Tennessee's largest school district.
April 11, 2016
Education spending boost a slam dunk in Tennessee House, but impact on individual districts unclear
The House unanimously passes a bill to increase funding for K-12 public education by more than $220 million.
February 29, 2016
House panel resurrects controversial teacher pay bill
After senators killed House Bill 1004 last week, today's House Education Committee passed a similar Senate bill 7-4.
February 25, 2016
Teacher pay and pension changes, opposed by unions, are dead for now
The Senate announced it wouldn't move forward with House Bill 1004, but another Senate bill with almost identical language has a hearing scheduled Monday.
February 5, 2016
These 22 education bills are still alive halfway through Indiana's 2016 legislative session
The bills switch chambers and could begin hearings as early as next week.
February 1, 2016
Haslam proposes $261 million more for K-12 education
Gov. Bill Haslam proposes new investments in teacher pay, technology, reading programs and high-need student populations.
February 1, 2016
Haslam expected to address education funding in State of the State speech
Entering office saying he wanted to be an "education governor," Bill Haslam is expected to continue that focus tonight when he delivers his annual address to lawmakers.
January 28, 2016
Union backers say bill could wreck Indiana's teacher pay system
The bill would let superintendents give more pay to current teachers as well as job applicants.
January 25, 2016
Bill to loosen union control of teacher pay moves ahead
Democrats on the House Education Committee and ISTA officials opposed the bill.
January 21, 2016
It’s over: Pence signs bills pausing ISTEP consequences for one year
After nearly two years of debate, Pence and lawmakers bowed to Ritz’s solution to a big test score drop.
January 21, 2016
Teacher scholarship bill passes committee but could leave current students out
As it's written, the scholarships would not be available to students who graduated high school before June 2016.
January 6, 2016
What you need to know on education as the 2016 legislature begins
Vouchers and school funding likely be the dominant education issues in 2016 before the Tennessee General Assembly.
January 5, 2016
Bills aimed at teacher hiring take a back seat to ISTEP, for now
Several lawmakers are working on bills to offer incentives for college graduates to become teachers and other support.
November 11, 2015
State senator: Legislature should pass a bill now to relieve ISTEP sanctions
Sen. Mark Stoops proposed a bill to relieve schools and teachers from possible test score drops — But he wants it passed before lawmakers convene for the 2016 session.
October 28, 2015
It looks like far fewer Indiana schools could earn an A after ISTEP changes
The board voted to approve ISTEP cut-off scores today, but school letter grades aren't expected until January.
October 22, 2015
For new teachers, school support can make the difference between staying or leaving
Wayne Township's Chapelwood Elementary School has many programs in place to help new teachers acclimate to their jobs.
October 15, 2015
Ritz's teacher panel suggests changes to testing, evaluation and pay
Too much testing, too little pay and insufficient feedback on their teaching are some of the biggest problems educators think Indiana needs to fix if it wants to continue attract great teachers to the profession.
September 24, 2015
Educators: low pay, negative perceptions behind struggles to recruit teachers
The second meeting of Glenda Ritz's teacher panel focused on why colleges are enrolling fewer education majors.
September 21, 2015
Haslam says state is fulfilling legal funding obligation to Shelby County Schools
In his first public comments on the latest school funding lawsuit against the state, Gov. Bill Haslam says he believes the state its fulfilling its legal obligation.
September 11, 2015
State panel tries to understand why teachers leave their jobs
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants a state panel to propose new laws designed to entice teachers to stay put.
August 31, 2015
Teacher pay is a big issue beyond IPS, education leaders say
Two panels of educators that met last week hosted by The Mind Trust and the West Side Chamber of Commerce discussed teacher pay last week.
August 28, 2015
Why people think there’s a teacher shortage in Indiana and why they’re probably wrong
In Indiana, as in many other places, the problem isn’t the number of certified teachers but a mismatch between them and available jobs.
behind the headlines
August 18, 2015
Best of 2015: Why is there no teacher shortage in New York City?
As other states scramble, a longstanding teacher surplus and steady student enrollment mean that just one in three teacher-prep graduates is able to land a job in New York.
July 20, 2015
A third of George Washington High School's teachers won't return
Twenty of the embattled West side school's 56 teachers won't be returning when school starts back up Aug. 3.
July 2, 2015
Keith Williams ends 5-year tenure as Memphis teachers union president
Keith Williams ends his tenure as president of the Memphis-Shelby County Education Association, through which he has provided a fiery voice in behalf of 7,000 teachers.
June 23, 2015
IPS starts summer with 300 teacher, staff vacancies
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said he is concerned about the looming challenge of filling the spots before school starts.
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