Salaries & Benefits

Education news, analysis, and opinion about pay and benefits for school and district employees

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Teacher Salaries Are Increasing. See How Your State Compares
The National Education Association warns that some of the progress in teacher pay could be jeopardized by the pandemic.

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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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Teaching Profession What Happens When Teachers Are Out of Sick Days?
We asked EdWeek's social media followers to share their school policies on COVID-related sick leave. Here’s how they responded. 
Marina Whiteleather, January 14, 2022
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School & District Management Explainer Teachers' COVID Sick Leave, Explained
Who gets paid? Are unvaccinated teachers eligible? How long should teachers be allowed to take off? Districts' answers will surprise you.
Mark Lieberman, January 11, 2022
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Teaching Profession Some Teachers Are Running Out of Sick Days, and Administrators Are Hesitant to Help
With a shortage of substitutes and pressure to stay open, administrators are reluctant to extend paid time off for teachers with COVID.
Mark Lieberman & Madeline Will, January 7, 2022
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A "Bus Drivers Wanted" sign is shown Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. A shortage of bus drivers is complicating the start of a new school year already facing a surge in COVID-19 cases and conflicts over whether masks should be required in school buildings.
A "Bus Drivers Wanted" sign is shown Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. A shortage of bus drivers is complicating the start of a new school year already facing a surge in COVID-19 cases and conflicts over whether masks should be required in school buildings.
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Recruitment & Retention 'No Respect and No Support': K-12 Workers Explain Why Schools Struggle With Staffing
Bus drivers, custodians, and other school employees share stories of low pay, meager benefits, minimal respect, and dangerous conditions.
Mark Lieberman, September 24, 2021
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Career Advice Relocating for a Teaching Job: What to Know Before You Take the Gig
Double check the cost of living, assess the cultural fit, review teacher licensing rules, and see how you can become part of the community.

Elizabeth Heubeck, July 21, 2021
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Recruitment & Retention Schools Pay a High Price for Low Teacher Salaries
Teacher turnover rates are rising and more than half of teachers said a salary hike could persuade them to stay in the classroom longer.
Elizabeth Heubeck, July 8, 2021
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East Hartford High School senior Sudeen Pryce, right, center, receives support from classmate Alexia Phipps, left, East Hartford High School Intervention Coordinator Mark Brown, second from left, and EMT Katrinna Greene, top right, of Manchester, as RN Kaylee Cruz of Bristol administers the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Pryce at a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn. on April 26, 2021.
High school senior Sudeen Pryce, center, receives the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a mass vaccination site in East Hartford, Conn.
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Education Funding Schools Can Use COVID-19 Relief Money for Vaccinations and Teacher Bonuses, Feds Say
The Education Department's latest guidance for coronavirus relief packages also says state lawmakers can't limit how districts use funds.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 26, 2021
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Recruitment & Retention Pay Raises and Pandemic Bonuses: Can They Keep Teachers in Classrooms?
Some states are proposing salary hikes and offering teachers one-time bonuses. Will the money have an effect on post-pandemic retention?
Sarah Schwartz, May 4, 2021
8 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion It's Teacher Appreciation Week. Flowers? Mugs? We're Looking for Something More
This year, teachers were hailed as heroes then denounced as obstructionists, say seven State Teachers of the Year. Here’s what they need.
Owen Bondono, Alisa Cooper de Uribe, Amanda Hargreaves, Kimberly Hee Stock, Justin Johnson, Susan Rosato & Jennifer Wolfe, April 30, 2021
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School & District Management Summer School Is More Important Than Ever. But Teachers Are 'Fried' and Need a Break
Districts are getting creative about enticing worn-out teachers to stay on for the summer.
Madeline Will, April 26, 2021
8 min read
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School & District Management Female Principals Are Paid Less Than Men. That’s a Big Concern
A gender pay gap in the principalship can affect recruitment and turnover.
Denisa R. Superville, April 21, 2021
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West Jefferson High School seniors get their temperature checked before entering the Harvey, La., school as students return for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 31, 2020.
West Jefferson High School seniors get their temperature checked before entering the Harvey, La., school.
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Budget & Finance FEMA Will Cover Some COVID-19 Staffing Costs for Schools
FEMA is offering to reimburse the costs of pandemic expenses for work performed after Jan. 21. Here's how to get your district's share.
Mark Lieberman, April 19, 2021
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Linda Davila-Macal, a seventh grade reading teacher at BL Garza Middle School in Edinburg, Texas, works from her virtual classroom at her home on Aug. 31, 2020.
A teacher leads a virtual classroom from her home.
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Federal Some Districts Extend Paid Leave Policies as They Hope for Passage of Biden Relief Plan
With federal provisions having expired, some school employees have had to dip into their own banks of leave for COVID-19 purposes.
Mark Walsh, February 22, 2021
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