The Education Report

Andy Spears
News on the politics and policy of education around the country
Created 02 Feb 2021
  • TN Prison Guards Get Pay Boost While Teachers Wait
    20 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Last week, Gov. Bill announced a 37% salary increase for new correctional officers hired by the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC). The move makes the starting salary for a Tennessee correction...
  • Kentucky: A Call to Boost Teacher Pay
    08 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Former Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is urging lawmakers to address lagging teacher pay in the Bluegrass State when they return to action in January of 2022. The Bowling Green Dail...
  • Failed: A Story of Teacher Evaluation
    06 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    Peter Greene writes in Forbes about new research showing the unsurprising failure of high-stakes teacher evaluation. As Greene notes, the idea was that the core problem with education was that teacher...
  • Money, Money Everywhere
    29 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    A pair of stories from last week shine a bright light on Tennessee’s stubborn reluctance to fund public schools. First, there’s this story about the billions in surplus dollars Tennessee is hoarding. ...
  • Solar-Powered Teachers
    22 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Teachers in one Arkansas district are seeing big raises - as much as $15,000 - as the system moves to solar energy and uses the savings to invest in salaries. Here’s more: A school in rural Arkansas h...
  • Mission Impossible: Teaching
    18 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Educator Ellen Dahlke talks about the challenges teachers are facing this year - again, in some cases, the pandemic has accelerated or highlighted challenges educators were already facing. Here’s some...
  • Is It a Crisis Yet?
    17 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    While the value proposition for teachers has historically not been great, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have accelerated some trends, including that a large number of teachers are leaving the field a...
  • A School Funding Victory in North Carolina
    16 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    A recent court ruling in North Carolina could result in billions in new investment in public schools there. A judge ruled that the state must develop a plan to add $1.7 billion in funding to the state...
  • Public Money for Failed Private Schools
    15 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Jeff Bryant reports in Buzz Flash on the advent of charter schools in West Virginia. Specifically, Bryant reports on the nefarious dealings of for-profit charter operators, including one Ohio operator...
  • Of Banned Books and Teacher Shortages
    07 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Peter Greene has a great article about all the hysteria over certain books in school libraries and what parents should do about what they’re hearing from Astroturf groups on the issue. Here are some k...
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