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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.
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Budget & Finance Opinion 6 Ways to Solve the Teacher Shortage With Federal Stimulus Money
ESSER funds can help districts do something extra for teachers, writes a school finance expert.
Erin Covington, September 28, 2022
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Teaching Profession What Teachers of Color Say Will Actually Work to Diversify the Profession
In a new survey, teachers of color pick the most effective recruitment and retention strategies.
Madeline Will, September 20, 2022
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First lady Jill Biden, second from right, speaks during a meeting with, from left, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education President Lynn Gangon, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, during a White House Domestic Policy Council meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. The first lady, who is a teacher herself, participated in the meeting on ways to support schools in an effort to address teacher shortages as the new school year begins.
First lady Jill Biden, second from right, discusses how to support teacher recruitment and retention with a panel of experts at the White House. From left: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education President Lynn Gangone, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.
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Recruitment & Retention Here's How the White House Is Tackling Teacher Shortages
Jill Biden helped roll out the administration's three-part plan, which underscores recruitment, higher pay, and hands-on training.
Madeline Will, August 31, 2022
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Teaching Profession Explainer Do Teachers Get Paid Maternity Leave? Do They Get Vacation Days? These Answers and More
Here's how teachers' sick leave and other benefits work—and how they're changing due to COVID-19 and other pressures.
Madeline Will, August 31, 2022
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Jacquelyn Mancinelli stands near a small plaque with the name of her son inscribed on it in the angel garden at Virtua Hospital in Vorhees, NJ, on Aug. 4, 2022. Mancinelli is a teacher and the founder of Start Healing Together.
Jacquelyn Mancinelli, a high school English teacher, stands near a small plaque with the name of her son inscribed on it in the angel garden at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees Township, N.J. Mancinelli has experienced two pregnancy losses and has since started a support network for teachers who experience infertility and pregnancy loss.
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Teaching Profession Inside the Push to Include Miscarriages and Stillbirths in Teachers' Leave Policies
Teachers who have suffered pregnancy loss sometimes can't take bereavement leave to grieve. Now some women are trying to change that.
Madeline Will, August 23, 2022
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Teaching Profession The Gap Between Teacher Pay and Other Professions Hits a New High. How Bad Is It?
Teachers make less than their college-educated peers in other professions, a new analysis finds.
Madeline Will, August 22, 2022
3 min read
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Teaching Profession Most Americans Support Raising Teacher Pay. But There's a Partisan Rift
Public support for teacher pay raises is at its highest level in at least 15 years, an Education Next survey found.
Madeline Will, August 16, 2022
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Dallas ISD staff hold signs with positions they are looking for during a job fair at Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Dallas ISD staff hold signs with positions they are looking for during a job fair at Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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Recruitment & Retention A Dallas Principal Lost a Fifth of Her Teachers. Can She Hire Enough by the First Day?
Principal Rocio Gardea sat at a folding table near the front of the auditorium, shuffling her papers. The pressure was on.
Talia Richman and Meghan Mangrum, The Dallas Morning News, August 11, 2022
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Teaching Profession Black Teachers, Pay Incentives, and Evaluation Systems: What New Research Shows
Black teachers in D.C. respond differently than their peers to job-evaluation pressures—and are less likely to opt into a bonus system.
Madeline Will, August 1, 2022
7 min read
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School & District Management Opinion A Deeper Dive Into the 'Overspending' on Teacher Salaries
Higher teacher salaries don't just have an impact on students from wealthier homes, explains a researcher in response to readers' questions.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 29, 2022
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Better Pay Would Keep Teachers From Quitting. But There's More to It
We asked teachers which financial incentives would keep them in their jobs. Here's what they said.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 27, 2022
6 min read
School & District Management Schools Are Ditching COVID Leave Policies, Even as the Virus Surges Again
Numerous districts in recent months have abandoned policies preventing employees from draining sick time for COVID absences.
Mark Lieberman, July 26, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion What Does It Mean to 'Overspend' on Teacher Salaries?
Is it really possible for a district to spend too much money on teachers? Higher pay sows benefits beyond teachers' earnings.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 25, 2022
3 min read
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event in New Orleans, Saturday, July 2, 2022.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event in New Orleans, Saturday, July 2, 2022.
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Teaching Profession You Shouldn't Have to Treat Gunshot Wounds, Kamala Harris Tells Teachers
The vice president also unveiled a new tutoring initiative and underscored the administration's goal of higher pay for teachers.
Madeline Will, July 5, 2022
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