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Margaret Flynn, front, a 7th grade teacher in Denver public schools, led other teachers in a march during a rally outside the state Capitol on Jan. 30.
Margaret Flynn, front, a 7th grade teacher in Denver public schools, led other teachers in a march during a rally outside the state Capitol on Jan. 30.
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Teaching Profession Denver Teachers to Strike Over Merit-Pay System
In Denver, teachers will go on strike Monday to protest a performance-pay system that’s been in place for 15 years. The dispute is illustrative of a larger national shift away from differentiated pay.
Madeline Will, February 6, 2019
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Thousands of teachers marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 15, 2018. A month later, more than 30,000 educators went on strike for a pay raise, smaller class sizes, and more support staff.
Thousands of teachers marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 15, 2018. A month later, more than 30,000 educators went on strike for a pay raise, smaller class sizes, and more support staff.
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Teaching Profession Explainer Teacher Pay: How Salaries, Pensions, and Benefits Work in Schools
An Education Week primer on teacher salaries, raises, performance pay, pensions, Social Security benefits, and health-care premiums.
Madeline Will & Stephen Sawchuk, March 30, 2018
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Teaching Profession Two Va. School Districts Invest in Teacher Training, See Student Achievement Gains
A pair of studies presented this month show the results of five-year grant initiatives in two of Virginia's largest school districts to improve student learning in their lowest-performing schools.
Madeline Will, December 12, 2016
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion U.S. Department of Education Announces TIF 5 Awards
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the recipients Teacher Incentive Fund Round 5 grants which give school districts the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for recruiting and retaining highly effective educators.
Emily Douglas, October 5, 2016
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Federal Donald Trump Backs Merit Pay, Funds for School Choice
The GOP presidential nominee wants to give states the chance to use $20 billion in federal money to let children in poverty pick their public, charter, or private school.
Alyson Klein, September 13, 2016
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Recruitment & Retention Commentary Three Wrongheaded School 'Reform' Myths
Many claims about the merits of school reform are "awash in misguided convictions," argues UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Michael Mulgrew, December 8, 2015
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Teaching Profession Letter to the Editor Some Why-and-How Questions on Teacher Merit Pay
To the Editor:
Some experts and educational economists would have us believe that rewarding "high performing" teachers with merit pay could improve student achievement. Why? Isn't using value-added modeling to tie teacher performance directly to student achievement a way to expose those educators who are underperforming in comparison with their peers?
August 25, 2015
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Teaching Profession Opinion Five Things to Incentivize in Teacher Compensation Plans
Does "differentiating" teacher pay (beyond the usual salary schedule) result in Better Teaching and More Learning? Can we use financial incentives to build the teacher force every school leader dreams of: bright stars relentlessly pursuing the all-important data, working 60 hours a week, cheerfully compliant?
Nancy Flanagan, July 16, 2015
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A giant dresser on Hamilton Street stands in homage to the furniture industry in downtown High Point, N.C.
A giant dresser on Hamilton Street stands in homage to the furniture industry in downtown High Point, N.C.
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Education Funding Photo Essay Observing an Uncertain Future for School Districts in North Carolina
Justin Cook reflects on his familial roots as he documents two North Carolina school districts.
Education Week Photo Staff, June 17, 2015
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Teaching Profession Testing Season Gets Teachers Excused From Jury Duty
Two teachers in Tampa, Fla., used the demands of testing season to get excused from being on the jury for a murder trial.
Jordan Moeny, April 9, 2015
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Teaching Profession TNTP Presses for Performance-Pay Systems for Teachers
To bolster teacher quality, schools systems desperately need to institute variable pay structures that reward educators based on performance and challenging assignments, according to a report released this week by TNTP, a prominent nonprofit teacher-recruitment and policy organization.
Anthony Rebora, July 18, 2014
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Teaching Profession D.C. Teachers Improved After Overhaul of Evaluations, Pay
The closely-watched system for evaluating teachers and providing bonus pay in the District of Columbia appears to be motivating weak and strong educators alike to higher performance.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 22, 2013
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Texas Axes Teacher Merit-Pay Plan
The once-vaunted teacher merit-pay plan in Texas will be converted this fall into a state grant program that pays for innovative education initiatives in a few dozen poor schools.
Mcclatchy-tribune, October 22, 2013
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Education Funding Georgia in Doghouse on Race to Top
Federal officials may withhold $9.9 million of Georgia's Race to the Top grant because the state eliminated a merit-pay plan for educators.
Michele McNeil, August 6, 2013
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