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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Los Angeles school district, teachers in tentative labor deal

Reuters – Staff Writer

“The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the city’s teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Friday night, the union said, averting a possible strike. The three-year agreement includes a 10 percent pay rise spread over two years, investment in class size and counseling, as well as improvements to the evaluation system for teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) said on its website. Representatives for the school district could not be immediately reached early on Saturday, but school board member Steve Zimmer told the Los Angeles Times: “This is an important step in restoring trust and partnership between LAUSD and UTLA.” “Our message to our teachers is simple: We believe in you. I look forward to the stability and renewed collaboration this agreement will bring and to all us working together to improve outcomes for all students,” Zimmer said, according to the Times. The agreement must be ratified by union membership and the district’s Board of Education, the union said.”(more)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Schools Nationwide Struggle With Substitute Teacher Shortage

The Huffington Post – Tom Coyne

“Carrie Swing wasn’t alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco school, filling out worksheets and helping younger students read because no substitute could be found for her absent teacher. But when it happened the next four days too, Swing became so concerned that she considered quitting her public relations job to homeschool her daughter. “The situation was really awful,” Swing said. “The kids had a sense of, `Nobody’s in charge here,’ and I think that was really hard on them.” Although Ivy’s school represents an extreme example, districts throughout the country have reported struggles finding substitute teachers. School officials say the shortage worsened as the unemployment rate improved, and job seekers who might have settled for a part-time job such as substitute teaching are now insisting on full-time positions with better pay and benefits. Geoffrey Smith founded the Substitute Teaching Institute at Utah State, which in 2008 spun off into an online training program for substitutes. He said he’s unaware of any national statistics about unfilled substitute teaching posts, although an unscientific survey conducted by his organization last year found 48 percent of districts responding reported severe or somewhat severe shortage of substitute teachers.”(more)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Evolution of Teacher Pensions

Education Next – Chris Adelman

“The bottom line (in red) represents the pension plan offered to Missouri teachers in 1975. It was a fairly standard pension plan. Teachers did not qualify for any pension at all in their early years before “vesting” at five years, earned a relatively small pension for the next 10-15 years, and then accelerated toward a much higher peak at the back-end of their career. Back in 1975, that peak was at age 60 (it had been age 65 in 1967).” (more)

Symposium highlights teacher mentoring program

The Des Moines Register – Jason Noble

“Almost 500 Iowa educators gathered in Ankeny on Monday for a status update on the state’s new system for improving the performance of K-12 teachers.” (more)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Half Of Teachers Leave The Job After Five Years. Here’s What To Do About It

The Huffington Post – Alexandria Neason

“Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers -– and their tendency to quit.” (more)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

STEAM tips and resources you can use right now

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“The need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and proficiency is nothing new. But a movement is growing for STEAM education, in which the “a” stands for Arts. Cultivating scientific and mathematical viewpoints and experiences through arts education is a critical need in today’s schools, STEAM advocates say.”(more)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Encouraging News About Improving Teacher Preparation

Education News – Joe Nathan

“Here’s encouraging news as Minnesotans prepare for a new school year. The Minnesota State Board of Teaching, Education Minnesota, the state’s teacher union, and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers have responded thoughtfully to the recent controversy about Teach for America.” (more)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Top education news of 2012: From ethnic-based benchmarks to STEM visa

Voxxi – Hope Gillette

“Education news made a number of headlines during 2012, especially with new focus on the nation’s youth as a key focal point of the education reform by the Obama Administration.”(more)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Better Teacher-Candidate Mentoring Targeted

Education Week – Stephen Sawchuk

“With state and national policymakers eyeing ways to improve teacher preparation, a handful of education programs are becoming more intentional about how such “cooperating” teachers—as they’re known in the lingo of teacher preparation­—are selected and trained.”(more)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What High School Teachers Wish Parents Asked at Conferences

U.S. News – Kelsey Sheehy

“Parent-teacher conferences give parents some much-needed face time with their teen’s teacher, but many parents don’t take advantage of the opportunity.” (more)