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Education
7:09 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Public School Teachers Mulling Pension Lawsuit Against Legislature

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A group of Louisville teachers are planning to file a class-action lawsuit against the governor and leaders in the Kentucky General Assembly, claiming they violated the state's contract with teachers by deliberately underfunding teachers' retirement fund by billions of dollars.

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Education
2:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Postsecondary Education Council President Says Kentucky Needs Better Teacher Training

The President of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education says the state needs to do a better job recruiting and training good teachers.

Bob King says students majoring in elementary school education at Kentucky colleges often have the lowest ACT scores and highest need for remedial courses.

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Education
6:21 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Haslam Pledges To Increase TN Teacher Salaries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has pledged to improve teacher salaries over the next several years. Haslam said at a news conference yesterday that by the time he leaves office he wants teacher salaries to have grown more than in any other state.

The Republican governor is up for re-election for a second four-year term next year. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman joined Haslam and said the administration will review national state-by-state salary data to see that Tennessee's are just as competitive.

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Government
9:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New TN teacher salary plan raises ire

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The Tennessee Board of Education’s decision last month to change how teachers are paid has led to a social media push to remove Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.  The Tennessean reports two Facebook pages and a Change dot org petition with hundreds of signatures are calling for Huffman's ouster.  He does have support from Governor Bill Haslam, the state education board chairman and outside education advocates. At issue is a change to the minimum teacher salary schedule, a reduction in salary increase steps and an elimination of incentives for post-baccalaureate training.  Lydia Logan is the managing director of the national education advocacy

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Education
11:29 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Kentucky Educators Can Voice Opinions in TELL Survey

Kentucky's primary and secondary educators can voice their opinions about their working conditions until March 29 in the state’s second Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning survey. The TELL survey gathers information from teachers, counselors, principals and administrators about school leadership, community support, professional development and other issues. The online survey is voluntary and confidential, but schools that have a response rate of 50 percent of higher will be entered into a drawing for $1,000.

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Education
6:35 am
Tue February 5, 2013

TEA OK with Arming Teachers as Last Resort

The largest teachers union in the state is quietly on board with allowing educators to carry a weapon to class, at least as a last resort. The Tennessee Education Association is supporting a bill under consideration by the state legislature. 

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Education
9:17 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Owensboro Teacher Given Milken Award

An Owensboro teacher has received a the Milken Award, which honors exceptional educators with a $25,000 gift. Cravens Elementary School teacher Ryan Williams was one of 40 people across the nations to be bestowed with the honor.

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Education
7:46 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Ohio Co. Teacher Chosen for Hall of Fame

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A western Kentucky teacher is among the three chosen for the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Juanita Park began teaching in Ohio County in 1944 and worked with student teachers from Western Kentucky University until 2012.

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Education
8:56 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Kentucky Teachers Beg, Borrow and Steal Resources

Kentucky teachers are being pushed to find more resources online as more and more textbooks become outdated and are not being replaced. The problem stems from a state budget that hasn’t allowed for full textbook funding in several years.  Todd County school superintendent Wayne Benningfield says teachers have no choice but to move away from textbooks. He says teachers are always searching for materials that they can, in his words, beg, steal or borrow.

Teacher Evaluations
4:13 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Tennessee Department of Education Releases Teacher Evaluation Recommendation

A Tennessee Department of Education report suggests making student test scores a smaller portion of teachers' evaluations if specific testing data is not available to the teachers. 

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