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From changes to teacher evaluation to the inner workings of the teachers’ unions, reporter Madeline Will keeps you up to date on the biggest issues shaping the teaching profession today. (Teacher Beat ceased publishing in June 2019.)

Teacher Preparation How Can We Get More Highly Effective Teachers to Serve as Mentors?
Researchers say mentor teachers should be paid 15 times more. (And on a programming note, this will be the last post on the Teacher Beat blog.)
Madeline Will, May 29, 2019
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Teaching Profession Teachers of Color Get Lower Evaluation Scores Than Their White Peers, Study Finds
The study also found that male teachers receive low ratings more often than female teachers.
Madeline Will, May 22, 2019
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Teacher Preparation Indiana Wants Teachers to Do Externships. So Some Are Headed to the Brewery
Teachers across the state are outraged over a new rule that requires 15 hours of workforce-related professional development.
Madeline Will, May 20, 2019
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Recruitment & Retention Mississippi's New Solution for the Teacher Shortage
The Mississippi education department will be the first to operate a teacher residency program, which aims to increase retention and diversity in the profession.
Madeline Will, May 15, 2019
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Teaching Profession About 1,000 Nashville Teachers Stage a Sickout to Protest Low Wages
The Nashville protest is the latest instance of teacher activism, and additional walkouts are on the horizon this spring.
Madeline Will, May 6, 2019
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Federal Even More Teachers Can Now Have Their TEACH Grant Debt Forgiven
So far, about 2,300 teachers have had their TEACH grant debt forgiven by the U.S. Department of Education, according to reporting by NPR.
Madeline Will, May 3, 2019
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Teaching Profession A RedForEd Wave: Teachers in North and South Carolina Leave Classrooms in Protest
A sea of red swept the capitals of North and South Carolina on Wednesday, as thousands of teachers turned out to demand higher pay and more school funding.
Madeline Will, May 1, 2019
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Teaching Profession See How the Strikes and Protests Affected Teacher Salaries
The National Education Association analysis also shows a decrease in the national average teacher salary over the last decade, adjusted for inflation.
Madeline Will, April 29, 2019
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Teaching Profession Teachers Are Paid Less Than Similar Professionals. See the Breakdown by State
An analysis by the Economic Policy Institute found that the teacher weekly wage penalty is greater than 20 percent in nearly half the states.
Madeline Will, April 24, 2019
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School & District Management Should Teachers Be Able to Negotiate Their Own Contracts?
A recent survey shows that a third of teachers would prefer to negotiate salary and benefits for themselves.
Madeline Will, April 22, 2019
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Teaching Profession 'Deprofessionalization Is Killing the Soul of Teaching,' Union President Says
The teaching profession is in the midst of an "ongoing and alarming crisis," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said.
Madeline Will, April 18, 2019
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Teaching Profession Where Will the Next Teacher Protests Take Place?
A new analysis by the Center for American Progress finds that teacher labor actions are more likely to take place in states with lower pay.
Madeline Will, April 16, 2019
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Teaching Profession Sacramento Teachers Reached a Contract Deal. They're Still Going on Strike
The teachers' union has planned a one-day strike to protest the school district's labor practices.
Madeline Will, April 3, 2019
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Recruitment & Retention Foreign Teachers in D.C. Exploited by Exchange Program, Lawsuit Alleges
Foreign exchange companies charged teachers exorbitantly high fees, did not provide promised support services, and even threatened teachers with deportation to coerce them into signing contracts, the lawsuit alleges.
Madeline Will, April 2, 2019
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