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Teaching Profession After a Stillbirth, This Teacher Was Denied Paid Leave for Recovery. Here's Her Story
A District of Columbia teacher delivered a stillborn baby and was denied paid maternity leave. Her story, told here, is not uncommon.
Madeline Will, January 15, 2021
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Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Revives Teacher's Pay-Discrimination Case Over Starting Salary
The court weighed an administrator's alleged comment that the teacher's starting pay was less because her husband worked.
Mark Walsh, January 5, 2021
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Teaching Profession Teacher Pay Remains Low, and COVID-19 Has Thwarted Efforts to Raise It
Experts are concerned that any progress states were beginning to make with raising teacher pay will be wiped away by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Madeline Will, September 29, 2020
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Karen Ruark, a 3rd grade teacher in Maryland, drives to the South Dorchester School four days a week to access the WiFi there. She often works in her car while her two teenage daughters do schoolwork.
Karen Ruark, a 3rd grade teacher in Maryland, drives to the South Dorchester School four days a week to access the WiFi there. She often works in her car while her two teenage daughters do schoolwork.
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Classroom Technology Teachers Without Internet Work in Parking Lots, Empty School Buildings During COVID-19
While most teachers have online access at home, internet service for many educators in rural areas is spotty, expensive, or nonexistent.
Madeline Will, April 29, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Still Mostly White and Female: New Federal Data on the Teaching Profession
Here are five takeaways on the teaching profession from the newly released 2017-18 National Teacher and Principal Survey.
Madeline Will, April 14, 2020
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School & District Management How Coronavirus Is Jeopardizing Teacher Pay Raises
The momentum to raise teacher salaries in several states has ground to a halt amid fears of coronavirus’ massive economic blow.
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Teaching Profession Getting Paid During the Coronavirus Crisis: How a New Law Affects School Employees
How the new federal law on emergency paid leave affects teachers and other full- and part-time workers in America’s K-12 schools.
Mark Lieberman, March 20, 2020
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School Resource Officer Donald Lee locks the gates of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School for Science and Technology in New Orleans after all the students left on March 13. Louisiana, like most states, has ordered public schools to close down for extended periods.
School Resource Officer Donald Lee locks the gates of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School for Science and Technology in New Orleans after all the students left on March 13. Louisiana, like most states, has ordered public schools to close down for extended periods.
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School & District Management Paying School Employees During Prolonged Shutdowns Is a Major Dilemma
A federal measure could provide some short-term relief, but districts are scrambling to pay school employees during indefinite closures.
Mark Lieberman, March 19, 2020
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Teaching Profession Teacher Recruitment Strategies That Work
Districts are getting creative—and it’s not just with pay—to attract a bigger pool of talent for hiring.
Elizabeth Heubeck, March 17, 2020
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A server places breakfast out in the cafeteria at Kyrene De Las Lomas Elementary School in Phoenix. As more schools close over coronavirus concerns, districts are wrestling with how they will pay employees should people fall ill, be required to be in quarantine, or if there's a prolonged shutdown.
A server places breakfast out in the cafeteria at Kyrene De Las Lomas Elementary School in Phoenix. As more schools close over coronavirus concerns, districts are wrestling with how they will pay employees should people fall ill, be required to be in quarantine, or if there's a prolonged shutdown.
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School & District Management If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?
These are some of the biggest issues for districts to grapple with as they plan for shutting down schools in response to the coronavirus.
Mark Lieberman, March 11, 2020
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States Push for Teacher Pay Maintains a Foothold in States
More than a dozen governors have proposed raising teacher pay so far this year, an Education Week survey finds, and teacher advocates vow to keep the heat on.
Daarel Burnette II & Madeline Will, February 25, 2020
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Teaching Profession When Teachers Get Sick, Taking Leave Can Be Tough
Even for teachers who aren’t feeling well, a powerful mix of devotion, obligation, and fear often leads them to consider coming to work.
Catherine Gewertz & Sarah Schwartz, January 13, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion Florida Teachers Seeking Pay Boost Have a Big Opportunity
Florida's teachers are marching on Tallahassee today. Hard-working teachers deserve a big raise and talented teachers are profoundly underpaid. But teachers ought not overplay their hand, or they're likely to face a backlash of their own.
Rick Hess, January 13, 2020
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Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters march last week.
Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters march last week.
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teacher Pay Raises Aren't Enough
Yes, teachers are seriously underpaid, but teacher retention won't be solved by competitive raises alone, argues Eric Hanushek.
Eric A. Hanushek, November 4, 2019
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