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  • Union Salary Schedule Ensures State 'Teacher of the Year' Earns Near Bottom In Pay

    06/17/2013 6:32:52 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/13/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Gary Abud is a commodity experts say is in great demand around the country. He's recognized as a highly effective science teacher and was named the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year in Michigan. However, the Grosse Pointe North High School Science teacher ranked 477th out of 595 teachers for salary in his own school district, according to data acquired in a Freedom of Information Act request. Abud made $56,876 in 2012-13, which is about $21,000 less a year than the district's average salary of $77,969 a year. The average teacher salary in Michigan in 2012 was $62,631, according to the...
  • Union says average teacher with a master's degree makes less than $12k a year after deductions

    04/09/2012 4:56:17 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 49 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/9/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association’s newest strategy is to portray their teachers as underpaid while hoping no one is paying attention to the figures they are using to make their case, says one education policy expert. “Clearly, their facts are not straight,” said Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. It started when Steve Cook, the MEA’s president, said in a Detroit News op-ed that one teacher who contacted him was in his second year of teaching with a master’s degree and made $31,000 a year. Michigan Capitol Confidential looked at the contracts of the...
  • VEA Day of Mourning or "Black Friday" (Virginia teachers union upset about pension reform)

    02/16/2012 2:52:42 PM PST · by wac3rd · 16 replies · 1+ views
    VEA Facebook page for Black Friday ^ | 2-16-12 | Kitty Boitnott.
    Wear black on Friday, February 17, 2012 to illustrate your collective mourning over the attack that has been launched against Virgnia's teachers and students by legislators with the open disrespect and disdain as demonstrated by eliminating continuing contract status for ...new teachers, an effort to diminish our pension benefits, and general underfunding of our schools resulting in too large class sizes, under resourced schools and classrooms, and salaries that lag embarrassingly below the national average in spite of the fact that Virginia is the 7th wealthiest state in the nation.
  • Are Public-School Teachers Underpaid?

    11/01/2011 9:11:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/01/2011 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan thinks public-school teachers are “desperately underpaid” and has called for doubling teacher salaries. In a new paper co-authored with Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation, I look into whether teachers really are desperately underpaid, or underpaid at all. Jason and I find that the conventional wisdom is far off the truth. At first glance, public-school teachers definitely look underpaid. According to Census data, teachers receive salaries around 20 percent lower than similarly educated private-sector workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says teachers’ benefits are about the same as benefits in the private sector. But both the...
  • Teacher pay bill on fast track in Legislature (FLORIDA next...)

    03/08/2011 5:31:57 PM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 8, 2011 | PATRICIA MAZZEI
    TALLAHASSEE -- Florida lawmakers’ push last year to overhaul how public school teachers are paid, evaluated, hired and fired prompted massive teacher protests, the swift use of then-Gov. Charlie Crist’s veto pen and a promise from opponents who said they would take their anger out on legislators at the polls in November. Read more
  • Oh, To Be A Teacher In Wisconsin

    02/25/2011 6:29:48 AM PST · by harpu · 43 replies
    WSJ | 2/25/11 | Robert M. Costrell
    How can fringe benefits cost nearly as much as a worker's salary? Answer: collective bargaining. The showdown in Wisconsin over fringe benefits for public employees boils down to one number: 74.2. That's how many cents the public pays Milwaukee public-school teachers and other employees for retirement and health benefits for every dollar they receive in salary. The corresponding rate for employees of private firms is 24.3 cents. Gov. Scott Walker's proposal would bring public-employee benefits closer in line with those of workers in the private sector. And to prevent benefits from reaching sky-high levels in the future, he wants to...
  • Growing number of Texas teachers take on second - and third - jobs

    07/22/2010 3:43:42 PM PDT · by primeval patriot · 53 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | July 21, 2010 | TERRENCE STUTZ and TAWNELL D. HOBBS
    More and more Texas teachers are struggling to pay their bills. Just ask the four in 10 teachers – a record number – who moonlighted this year. ~snip~ "It's a shame that so many of our dedicated educators have to struggle with extra jobs to support their families, but they have no choice," said Rita Haecker, president of the state teachers association.~snip~ The average salary of teachers who were questioned in the study was $50,019 a year, a figure that was up nearly $2,500 from two years earlier. The average classroom experience of those surveyed was 17.7 years.
  • D.C. teachers likely to ratify contract (boosts avg salary to $81,000 )

    06/01/2010 1:59:36 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 21 replies · 580+ views
    WaPo ^ | 06/01/2010 | Bill Turque
    Voting on the proposed contract between the District and its 4,000 public school teachers concludes Wednesday, and even educators opposed to the pact, which will trigger major changes in how they are managed and paid, expect it to be ratified. "A lot of people say they like it. They like the money," said Tom O'Rourke, a veteran history teacher and union activist at Roosevelt High School who voted no because, he said, the pact has too many vague, open-ended promises. The contract offer, which requires the approval of the D.C. Council, would give teachers a 21.6 percent salary increase through...
  • Update WITH Video: Christie Tells Whining Teacher To Get Another Job!

    05/27/2010 6:30:24 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 25 replies · 1,160+ views
    www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | May 27, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    We finally have the video of Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey teacher having it out over her paycheck and it will make your day! This teacher, Rita Wilson, tries to rally the support of the crowd by waving her finger in the air and spitting her words indignantly at Christie for not “compensating her” fairly for her time. She believes she is worth at least $86,000 a year as a teacher and that doesn’t include the additional benefits that the corrupt teacher’s unions makes sure the teachers get as well. However, it’s Governor Christie’s response that makes the...
  • Crist hints he’ll veto teacher merit pay bill

    04/07/2010 6:23:27 PM PDT · by AlanD · 33 replies · 720+ views
    In a dramatic shift, Gov. Charlie Crist signaled Wednesday he might veto a bill tying teacher pay to student test scores, even as Florida legislators prepared for a final vote on the politically polarizing measure Thursday. Crist, who appeared to support the merit-pay plan as late as Monday, said teacher concerns are affecting his thinking. The plan would base teacher pay raises primarily on student learning gains on standardized tests, such as the FCAT, and eliminate tenure job protections for teachers hired after July. The Republican governor, who is running for U.S. Senate, said he spoke over the weekend with...
  • Ga. Governor Proposes Statewide Teacher-Pay Reform

    01/17/2010 5:14:28 PM PST · by redreno · 2 replies · 422+ views
    Education Week ^ | January 15, 2010 5:23 PM | Stephen Sawchuk
    Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has announced plans to support legislation that would overhaul the statewide teacher-salary schedule and allow teachers to opt into one that determines pay partly on performance-based measures. States have tried to do statewide performance-pay before, but this example stands out because it sounds as though it would fundamentally restructure how the salary schedule operates. Teachers opting in would no longer get supplements for advanced degrees, where there are only weak correlations to student performance. Instead, they would win additional compensation based on observations of teachers and growth of student performance to determine teacher effectiveness and base...
  • Obama, taking on unions, backs teacher merit pay

    03/10/2009 11:55:18 AM PDT · by steve-b · 28 replies · 753+ views
    AP ^ | 3/10/09 | Philip Elliott
    President Barack Obama embraced merit pay for teachers Tuesday in spelling out a vision of education that will almost certainly alienate union backers. A strategy that ties teacher pay to student performance has for years been anathema to teachers' unions, a powerful force in the Democratic Party. These unions also are wary of charter schools, nontraditional educational systems that they believe compete with traditional schools for tax dollars. Obama, however, also spoke favorably of charter schools, saying that where they work, they should be encouraged....
  • Stemming the Tide - Let’s pay science and math teachers more.

    01/20/2009 7:55:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 155 replies · 3,492+ views
    City Journal ^ | 16 January 2009 | Marcus A. Winters
    The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, an international test of fourth- and eighth-grade student achievement, recently released its latest results. As in prior years, the mean U.S. scores were roughly on par with those in most developed nations in Europe, though well below those in Asia. But students in other developed nations far outpaced U.S. students in top-level science scores. For instance, only 10 percent of American eighth-graders performed at the highest level in science, placing the U.S. 11th among the tested nations and well behind countries such as England (17 percent), Japan (17 percent), and Singapore (an...
  • Teachers seek big pay hikes (Bucks County PA

    10/03/2008 9:04:25 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 30 replies · 707+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | 10/02/08 | Rich Pietras
    Souderton's teacher union is proposing increasing starting salaries from $37,323 to $43,102 over four years, an increase of 15 percent, according to the Souderton Area Education Association's final best offer released Tuesday ---snip--- But few teachers are at that starting level — 145 of Souderton's 512 teachers are at the top of the salary schedule. The top step is for teachers with more than 15 years of service and a master's degree plus 24 or more additional credits. They now earn $89,363 and would earn $100,750 after the fourth year of the contract, according to the union's proposal. That works...
  • Teacher Bonuses Get Unions' Blessing

    06/25/2008 7:53:47 AM PDT · by Amelia · 9 replies · 111+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2008 | Nelson Hernandez
    One of the most ambitious pay-for-performance initiatives in Washington area schools is drawing strong teacher interest and local union support even though many national labor leaders have long asserted that it is unfair to link teachers' paychecks directly to their students' test scores.... ...The program's criteria exclude some teachers from certain bonus pools. Half of the bonus money is tied to scores on state tests given in third through eighth grades and in high school: Up to $2,500 is won when the school meets test score targets, and up to $2,500 is given for improving a given class's scores. The...
  • School districts scramble to make good on pay raises

    05/11/2008 10:45:31 AM PDT · by DakotaRed · 12 replies · 121+ views
    The Columbian ^ | May 11, 2008 | Howard Buck
    In the tiny Hockinson School District, the budget gap is $250,000. For Vancouver Public Schools, the shortfall is more like $4 million, officials say. In the Evergreen district, it’s at least $1.6 million. Across Clark County and Washington state, school districts are feeling the pinch of a large cost-of-living pay hike for teachers and other workers, approved by state legislators earlier this year.
  • At Charter School, Higher Teacher Pay

    03/07/2008 7:48:16 PM PST · by Amelia · 81 replies · 1,767+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2008 | Elissa Gootman
    A New York City charter school set to open in 2009 in Washington Heights will test one of the most fundamental questions in education: Whether significantly higher pay for teachers is the key to improving schools. The school, which will run from fifth to eighth grades, is promising to pay teachers $125,000, plus a potential bonus based on schoolwide performance. That is nearly twice as much as the average New York City public school teacher earns, roughly two and a half times the national average teacher salary and higher than the base salary of all but the most senior teachers...
  • Panel OKs bill on teachers' raises (Teacher union pandering bill)

    01/18/2008 6:50:59 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies · 73+ views
    Panel OKs bill on teachers' raises A Senate panel voted unanimously Thursday to approve a bill to raise state teachers' salaries to the national average. Senate Bill 267, sponsored by Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath County, would cost the state more than $400 million this year alone if it's approved. That doesn't include the local share, which would come down on cities and counties. SB 267 now goes to the Senate Finance Committee, where a tight budget year makes its passage unlikely. But Deeds, who has requested a budget amendment to accompany the measure, said the stated intent is what matters....
  • email from VEA teachers union to members...take ACTION, need pay raise

    01/07/2008 7:08:19 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies · 151+ views
    January 6, 2008 Dear xxxxxx, I think it safe to say that all were disappointed and angry to learn that Governor Kaine’s budget included no funds for a salary increase for teachers in the 2008-09 school year. The fact that the budget doubled the teacher licensure fees when we are getting no salary increase added insult to injury. Having said that, our energy, as this point is best directed at those who can amend the budget bill, your Delegate and your Senator. The Governor proposes and the General Assembly disposes. Our battle is uphill, but it is worth fighting. Even...
  • Clinton Raps Teacher Merit Pay

    11/19/2007 3:48:30 PM PST · by upchuck · 33 replies · 123+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 19, 2007 | MIKE WILSON
    WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Performance-based merit pay for teachers is a bad idea, Hillary Rodham Clinton told Iowa teachers on Monday. School uniforms for kids, however, is worth looking at. Merit pay for teachers "could be demeaning and discouraging, and who would decide" who would receive it, she said in a meeting with teachers at Cunningham Elementary. "It would open a whole lot of problems." Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner nationally, is in a tight race with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards in Iowa. Merit pay is a clear point of disagreement with Obama....
  • Teacher Compensation at Fedral Level - JOHN CORNYN United States Senator (TEXAS)

    09/17/2007 2:31:40 PM PDT · by CHEE · 3 replies · 138+ views
    OHN CORNYN United States Senator (TEXAS) - email response | September 17, 2007 | JOHN CORNYN
    Thank you for contacting me regarding compensation for teachers. A sound public education system is an important step toward our goal that all children have an equal opportunity to learn, to succeed and to improve their futures. Quality teachers are essential for a successful public education system, and I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter. Educators should be rewarded for their unrelenting work to help our children succeed. In an effort to help hard-working teachers, I support measures giving states and local education agencies the funding needed to reward those closest to students. One such program,...
  • Texas House votes to put teacher pay before tax cut

    05/10/2007 3:07:22 PM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 13 replies · 1,098+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 5/10/07 | Kelley Shaannon
    House votes to put teacher pay before tax cut By KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer AUSTIN — The Texas House, faced with a decision on further reducing school property tax rates, gave tentative approval Thursday to a measure that would give teachers a $6,000 pay raise before the reduction could kick in. There's no money in the bill for the teacher pay raise, which also would apply to full-time librarians, counselors and school nurses. The leader of the Senate declared the raise proposal dead. Democratic Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco added the teacher pay provision, with the overwhelming approval of...
  • How Much Are Public School Teachers Paid?

    01/31/2007 7:42:22 AM PST · by RicocheT · 147 replies · 3,976+ views
    Manhatten Institute for Policy Research ^ | January 2007 | Jay P. Greene and Marcus A. Winters
    ...systematic data on how much public school teachers are paid, relative to other white-collar professionals. [snip] Among the key findings of this report: According to the BLS, the average public school teacher in the United States earned $34.06 per hour in 2005. The average public school teacher was paid 36% more per hour than the average non-sales white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty and technical worker. Full-time public school teachers work on average 36.5 hours per week during weeks that they are working. By comparison, white-collar workers (excluding sales) work 39.4 hours, and professional specialty and...
  • What Really Matters

    08/08/2006 9:47:05 AM PDT · by GoldwaterFellow · 28 replies · 366+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | 8/8/06 | Matthew Ladner
    A growing body of research shows teacher quality is the most important factor in academic progress Teacher quality matters, enormously. Dr. William Sanders, the leading researcher in the field of value-added assessment, explains, "Race, socioeconomic level, class size, and classroom heterogeneity are poor predictors of student academic growth. Rather, the effectiveness of the teacher is the major determinant of student academic progress." In other words, some teachers really do make all the difference. Dr. Sanders finds evidence that racial achievement gaps are strongly influenced by the distribution of effective teachers, writing, "African American students and white students with the same...
  • Education Myths

    06/18/2006 5:50:31 AM PDT · by Valin · 183 replies · 3,455+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | July/August 2006 | Jay Greene
    Myths aren't lies. They are beliefs that people adopt because they have an air of plausibility. But myths aren't true, and they often get in the way during serious problem-solving. This essay identifies seven common myths that dominate established views of education these days. Dispelling these misconceptions could open the door to long-awaited improvement in our nationÍs schools. The money myth If people know anything about public schools today, it's that they are strapped for cash. Bestselling books, popular movies, and countless lobbying groups portray urban schools as desperately underfunded, and editors of the New York Times write without fear...
  • Teacher Salaries: More Attention Needed to Specifics ( The Millionaire Next Door)

    06/17/2006 5:15:15 AM PDT · by wintertime · 494 replies · 5,853+ views
    EducationNews.org ^ | June 16, 2006 | David W. Kirkpatrick
    One of the ongoing controversies in the public schools is the issue of teacher salaries. Teachers largely claim they are too low while taxpayers are equally vehement that they are more than adequate. (snip) Then there are the actual salary levels. Statistics in 2005 showed the average teacher salary in the nation was $46,762, ranging from a low of $33,236 in South Dakota to $57,337 in Connecticut. Even this ignores the additional compensation teachers receive as fringe benefits, which may add an additional 33% or more to the costs, primarily for very good retirement and health coverage plans. Further, averages...
  • D.C. schools salaries skyrocket

    03/21/2006 11:12:45 AM PST · by JZelle · 12 replies · 571+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-21-06 | Jim McElhatton
    More than a dozen D.C. public school system central office administrators are taking home base salaries of at least $150,000 per year, compared with just one official earning that much two years ago, according to an analysis of payroll records. The salary information, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, shows 14 central administration officials receiving a base pay of at least $150,000 in fiscal 2006, including five officials making $170,000 or more. By comparison, pay records approved by the Board of Education in July 2004 show only one administrator -- former interim Superintendent Elfreda Massie -- earning at least...
  • Some Teachers Say Merit Pay Plan Is a Bitter Apple [FL E-Comp Plan]

    03/15/2006 4:37:57 AM PST · by summer · 126 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Ledger ^ | March 15, 2006 | Julia Crouse
    WINTER HAVEN -- The modern reality of teaching in Florida schools makes Bess Lott, a 32-year veteran, wonder whether she'd choose teaching as a career if she had it to do over. Constant paperwork, comparatively low pay and FCAT pressure are all headaches, said the third-grade teacher at Winter Haven's Snively Elementary School of Choice. But e-comp, the Department of Education's performance pay proposal, is the final straw, she said. "They're talking about our salaries," she said....
  • Teacher Salaries: Individual Data 2005-06

    03/15/2006 12:44:16 PM PST · by truth49 · 165 replies · 3,216+ views
    EFF ^ | 3-15-06
    If you would like to know the 2005-06 individual salaries/benefits for the teachers and other staff in your school district, you can find them at the link below. The data is provided by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. It is organized in Excel spreadsheets or PDFs, alphabetically by district. The files may take a moment or two to load. Is it right to publish teacher salaries? Our decision to publish a database of salaries for public school teachers and other employees for the first time last year generated a fair amount of discussion on local blogs, including...
  • Arlington Leads Region in Teacher Salaries

    12/29/2005 5:45:17 AM PST · by chambley1 · 2 replies · 2,875+ views
    Arlington, VA Sun Gazette ^ | 12/28/05 | SCOTT McCAFFREY
    The combination of higher starting salaries and longer-serving educators has kept Arlington’s average teacher salary above all other Northern Virginia jurisdictions this year, and more than 40 percent higher than the average salary for teachers statewide and nationwide. The Arlington school system has budgeted for an average teacher salary of $66,308 for the current fiscal year, according to figures released Nov. 30 by the Virginia Department of Education. That’s up from $61,407 actually spent per teacher in the past school year, and up from $60,014 two years ago. Teachers with the most seniority and advanced degrees can earn upwards of...
  • Pay Soars for Headmasters at Mass. Prep Schools

    12/05/2005 5:59:53 AM PST · by strider44 · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Boston.com (Boston Globe) ^ | 4 December 2005 | Maria Sacchetti
    <p>Headmasters of the Bay State's elite prep schools now command such high pay and perks, including low-interest home loans, that a few surpass the pay of some university and college heads.</p> <p>Article Tools Printer friendly Single page E-mail to a friend Education RSS feed Available RSS feeds Most e-mailed Reprints/permissions More: Globe Education stories | Education section | Globe front page | Boston.com Sign up for: Globe Headlines e-mail | Breaking News Alerts Pay packages that five years ago were still in the $200,000 range are leaping past the $300,000 mark at some schools, making Massachusetts headmasters among the highest-paid in the nation, according to federal financial records and the National Association of Independent Schools.</p>
  • Massachusetts Governor Proposes Merit Pay System for Teachers

    12/02/2005 4:57:32 PM PST · by bloggodocio · 23 replies · 634+ views
    School Reform News ^ | December 1, 2005 | Michael Coulter
    Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) has proposed a package of education reforms--including merit pay for some public school teachers--for consideration this fall by the Massachusetts legislature. At press time, the legislature's Joint Committee on Education was expected to hold hearings on the proposal by the end of the year. "If we're serious about keeping our kids at the forefront of a highly challenging and competitive world economy, then we have to take the necessary steps to energize our education system," Romney said in a September 22 statement accompanying the new education proposals. The package of education reforms includes a program...
  • CA: Rich schools get better teachers, report says

    09/14/2005 5:44:19 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 37 replies · 752+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 9/14/05 | Naush Boghossian, Staff Writer
    The most-qualified Los Angeles Unified teachers work predominantly in schools serving high-income, white students, creating a "massive maldistribution of funds" at the expense of Latino and African-American students in poorer neighborhoods, a report released today says. The Education Trust-West said teachers in high-poverty Los Angeles elementary schools earn $1,589 less per year _ and those in high-poverty middle schools earn $1,826 less per year _ than their counterparts in more affluent areas. Teachers in low-income high schools, however, earn $159 a year more than their counterparts in higher-income schools, the study found. Similar salary gaps were found in the rest...
  • State forcing teacher bonuses

    07/06/2005 2:16:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies · 634+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | July 6, 2005 | RON MATUS
    Pinellas is stingy with extra pay; Hillsborough's more generous. State officials insist that bonuses be paid everywhere. ...........Those who support performance pay say it's the existing system that makes no sense. "Every time there's more money on the table, everybody gets an equal share, regardless of their contribution or ability," Warford said. The public wants teachers to be paid more, "but I don't think they want to see every teacher paid more; the very best and the very worst."
  • Churchill gets raise from CU

    07/03/2005 3:17:38 PM PDT · by CO Gal · 23 replies · 922+ views
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill is getting a $2,150 raise this fiscal year as a faculty committee reviews allegations against him including plagiarism. Churchill denies the allegations. Churchill was earning more than $114,000 a year until January, when he stepped down as chairman of the ethnic studies department following criticism for comparing World Trade Center victims to a Nazi. Then he earned a teaching salary of about $94,000. For the fiscal year that began Friday, Churchill will earn about $96,000 for a 2.3 percent increase. On average, faculty members on the Boulder campus are getting...
  • Nation's Largest Union Sets Goal of $40,000 Starting Salary for Teachers

    07/03/2005 2:20:12 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 109 replies · 2,415+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-07-03-05 1627EDT
    Nation's Largest Union Sets Goal of $40,000 Starting Salary for TeachersBy Ben Feller The Associated Press Published: Jul 3, 2005 LOS ANGELES (AP) -The typical starting salary for teachers should be $40,000, the head of the country's largest education union said Sunday, pledging a renewed fight for higher pay. But the National Education Association's challenge is enormous. Not a single state pays its new instructors an average of $40,000, with the U.S. average hovering close to $30,000 for beginning teachers, according to the American Federation of Teachers, another teachers union. NEA president Reg Weaver, speaking to reporters at the union's...
  • 6-Figure Salaries? To Many Teachers, a Matter of Course

    06/06/2005 4:33:44 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 261 replies · 3,296+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/5/05 | FORD FESSENDEN and JOSH BARBANEL
    ...But this noble sensibility ignores a crucial fact about the teaching profession in Westchester County: Teacher pay levels in Scarsdale, and several other districts in the county, are now high enough to constitute an entry ticket to upper-middle-class income and status. In Scarsdale, 166 teachers - nearly half - have base salaries exceeding $100,000; for more than a dozen, base pay tops $120,000. A study of teacher salaries across New York State found that as administrators and affluent parents compete to give their children every possible advantage, thousands of teachers in the New York suburbs now make six-figure salaries -...
  • Merit Pay for Teacher

    06/04/2005 5:26:43 PM PDT · by AaronH · 297+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | May 15, 2005 | Aaron Hanscom, Ari Kaufman
    Merit pay? Please. We can develop a fair system that helps students and teachers alike By Ari J. Kaufman and Aaron Hanscom Teachers at Shenandoah Street Elementary School in Los Angeles. Their blog is www.partialtranscripts.blogspot.com All teachers are saints, incapable of succumbing to the baser instincts of human nature like laziness, selfishness or ingratitude. Of course, this assertion is as verifiably false as the statement that all car salesmen are honest, gracious and industrious. While teaching is still viewed as a noble profession, Californians can be forgiven for viewing their children's educators in an increasingly suspicious light. Recent infighting among...
  • Governor's allies drop teacher pay initiative - Merit proposal 'lagging' - 3 measures still in play

    05/07/2005 8:06:18 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 258+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 7, 2005 | Lynda Gledhill
    Sacramento -- The committee supporting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's package of ballot initiatives said Friday that it will not have enough signatures to put a proposal for teacher merit pay on a November special election ballot. Allan Zaremberg, co-chairman of Citizens to Save California, said the idea to pay teachers based on merit instead of seniority is "lagging behind a little bit." Zaremberg did announce that the committee began turning in signatures for the governor's budget reform proposal Friday. Signatures for the governor's two other initiatives -- changing when a teacher can receive tenure and how legislative districts are drawn --...
  • New Teachers Get Pay Cut Under Recent Contract While Top Level Teachers See Big Salary Boost

    04/28/2005 12:21:28 PM PDT · by MikeHu · 57 replies · 1,847+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | April 28, 2005 | Laura Brown
    The Hawaii State Teachers’ Union (HSTA) is asking Hawaii teachers to ratify a new two-year contract Thursday, April 28, that will reward the HSTA’s upper echelon with the largest salary increases while cutting entry-level Class II teacher pay to $28,357 from the $35,486 won during negotiations last year. A computer assisted analysis shows the contract will allow teachers on Step 1 and 2 on the salary schedule to move up in 2006 after a year stuck at the lower pay scale. Some teachers believe the cut to new teacher pay is the unintended result of Superintendent Pat Hamamoto and HSTA...
  • Where your taxes go (Dissecting a teachers contract)

    03/23/2005 6:03:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 65 replies · 3,702+ views
    Bergen Record ^ | 03.20.05 | Scott Fallon
    It's only a 38-page document, but it determines how millions of tax dollars are spent, sets working conditions for 462 employees and indirectly affects the education of more than 5,500 students. Ridgewood's teachers contract is key in managing the school district's $70.7 million enterprise. And like any of the other 610 teacher pacts across the state, it is arguably the most powerful public document in town. More money from property tax bills goes to pay teachers and school support staff than any other group of local public employees in New Jersey. Funding for school districts makes up about 55 percent...
  • TX House Passes Controversial Plan to Restructure Public Education

    03/10/2005 6:33:02 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 7 replies · 402+ views
    Texas House passes controversial plan to restructure public education ASSOCIATED PRESS AUSTIN (AP) - A sweeping plan to restructure education in Texas won tentative approval in the Texas House on Wednesday, despite criticism that a teacher pay raise is unfunded and $3 billion in new money is not enough. Opponents say the money won't keep up with inflation or cover new requirements schools would face under the plan. During two days of debate on the measure - the top priority of the current legislative session - the House leadership approved a teacher salary increase and additional funding for the mileage...
  • Group Rallies for Higher Teacher Salaries {in Wyoming}

    02/15/2005 5:47:56 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 43 replies · 640+ views
    Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 02-15-05 | Orr, Becky
    Group rallies for higher teacher salaries By Becky Orr rep6@wyomingnews.com Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - Freya Butterfield says she would like to teach in Wyoming when she graduates this spring from the University of Wyoming. But she won't, because she can't, she said. "I'm not going to get paid enough," Butterfield said to a crowd of hundreds gathered Monday on the steps of the state Capitol. The group came in support of the Legislature providing more money for salaries for support staff and teachers. Many at the rally told emotional stories about low teacher salaries. They urged people...
  • VEA teachers union says FREEP this poll

    02/04/2005 6:20:09 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies · 322+ views
    February 3, 2005 Dear Education Activist, Now is the time to contact the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, your own Delegate, and your State Senator and ask them to keep the teacher salary increase in the state budget. Click here to find a pre-written letter to the Speaker, and to identify your Delegate and Virginia Senator and send them a pre-written letter. You can send the letters as they are, or add your own talking points and personlize your letter. Last week in response to Delegate Plum's resolution calling on Virginia's Governor's to move teacher salaries to the...
  • Web site to reveal salaries (teachers' salaries)

    01/22/2005 7:19:22 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 140 replies · 3,835+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 1/22/2005 | BONNIE ADAMS
    The union representative is angry about publication of salary, reimbursements and sick days amid contract talks. WRIGHT TWP. - Every Crestwood teacher's salary, tuition reimbursements and related pay hikes, plus accrued sick days will soon debut on the school district's Web site. School board member Gene Mancini Jr. said it's a way to inform the public as contract negotiations continue, but union representative John Holland called the move "offensive and irresponsible." "It's the public's right to know," said Mancini, who serves on the contract negotiation team. He said the board held a public session in November and next week's planned...
  • Montana Hits Bottom For Teachers' Salaries (Displaces Mississippi)

    07/25/2004 12:39:19 PM PDT · by BluegrassScholar · 41 replies · 2,451+ views
    Sydney (MT) Herald ^ | July 25, 2004 | Ellen Robinson
    Montana ranked last in the nation for starting teachers' salaries and 47th for average teacher salaries, according to a survey by the American Federation of Teachers, which was released Thursday. The survey shows Montana's 10,427 public school teachers made an average of $35,754 in 2002-03. Starting teachers earned $23,052, according to the survey. The starting pay for teachers in Sidney's school district is $23,670 for the 2004-05 school year, said Doug Sullivan, Sidney's superintendent of schools. "Based on the salary ranking, our district was 76th out of 200. We not only recruit against other Montana towns, but we compete for...
  • Reading, Writing, and Landscaping: How teachers make ends meet

    06/04/2004 6:18:14 AM PDT · by billorites · 213 replies · 927+ views
    MotherJones.com ^ | May/;June 2004 | Dave Eggers
    As a nation, we're confused about how we see teachers. Most polls show that respect for the profession has risen in recent years, yet we have certain quietly entrenched ideas—that teaching is easy, that teachers get out at 3 p.m. every day—and these notions, all ludicrous, allow us to accept the injustice in teachers' dismally low salaries. We love teachers, we think they're saints, but most of us consider unavoidable the fact that they are underpaid and often have to work two or three extra jobs to maintain a middle-class existence.The latest statistics put the average teacher's salary at about...
  • $85,000 salaries: Teaching pays off

    10/26/2003 1:59:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 147 replies · 2,392+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 26, 2003 | D. AILEEN DODD
    The image of the underpaid schoolteacher who sacrifices life's riches for the sake of children still fits many educators but not all. Thanks in part to a decade of healthy pay raises and a system of incentives that rewards longevity and postgraduate studies, 1,943, or almost 2 percent, of Georgia's public school educators were paid $85,000 or more last year, according to salary data from the state Department of Education. Among that group, 81 principals had annual salaries that topped $100,000. "Georgia's average teacher pay rose more than 49 percent over the last 10 years, greatly outpacing national or regional...
  • Denver Teachers Approve Pay-for-Performance Plan

    04/07/2004 4:59:39 PM PDT · by PattonReincarnated · 2 replies · 218+ views
    Education Week ^ | 3/23/04 | Bess Kessler
    Denver teachers have voted to embrace a new pay plan that would stop rewarding them for years on the job and start recognizing specific skills and achievements in the classroom. Approval from the teachers' union puts the closely watched plan into the hands of Denver voters, who will be asked in 2005 for a property-tax increase to pay for the $25 million annual cost. Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association supported the proposal, written as part of the teachers' contract, by a decisive 59 percent to 41 percent. About 2,700 of the union's 3,200 members cast ballots. The 70,000-student...
  • 620 City Teachers Call In Sick After "No Vote"

    02/13/2004 11:35:33 AM PST · by staytrue · 10 replies · 126+ views
    WBAL Radio and The Associated Press ^ | Friday, February 13, 2004 | staff
    Schools chief Bonnie Copeland delayed classes for two hours Friday, prompted by fears that hundreds of angry teachers might hold a sick-out after rejecting a 3.5 percent pay cut proposed by city officials. "At this time we have 620 out who have called in sick today," schools spokeswoman Edie House said. "Our hardest hit area was the middle school area with 171 teachers out." During the vote Thursday, teachers received flyers urging them not to report to work Friday, and the system received more than 300 calls by Thursday evening. Union officials said they weren't supporting a sick-out and weren't...