National News Roundup
Teachers' Raises Lag Behind Inflation Rate
The average pay raise for public school teachers in 1994-95 was 2.7 percent, lagging behind the overall inflation rate of 3 percent, according to a new report.
The average teacher salary for the school year was $36,744, the report released last week by the American Federation of Teachers says. Connecticut had the highest average salary, at $50,389; South Dakota teachers were paid the least, averaging $26,037.
The average state devoted 38 percent of its K-12 spending to teachers' salaries this past school year, the report says, compared with 53 percent of K-12 spending in 1964-65. More money is going into central offices, support personnel, and school security than it did 20 years ago, the report concludes.
Copies of "Survey and Analysis of Salary Trends: 1995" are available for $10 each from the AFT Research Department, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.
Third Round for Board Certification
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this month that it has certified 91 teachers who work with children in early adolescence.
The teachers, language-arts specialists and generalists who teach all subjects, are the third group to be certified by the Detroit-based private organization.
The national board eventually plans to offer certification in more than 30 fields. The voluntary certification is intended to promote teacher professionalism and recognize outstanding teachers.