Almost One-Third of New Teachers Take on Second Jobs in Summer to Make Ends Meet

By Tim Walker - August 12, 2019

One of the most persistent and annoying myths about educators is that they have “summers off.” Far from enjoying a two- or three-month vacation, they use a good chunk of that time writing curriculum, attending workshops, catching up on professional reading, etc.

And many of them work summer jobs, generating additional income necessary to make ends meet.

Overall, 16 percent of teachers have non-school jobs over the summer. If you’re younger and newer to the profession, however, it’s more likely you’ve been spending a good part of the summer earning another wage, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.

Digging into data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) covering the 2015-16 school year (the most recent figures available), Pew found that roughly one-third of teachers with one year or less experience had non-school jobs over the summer...

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How Do Teachers Spend Their Summers? Many Participate in Teacher-Led Professional Development on New Standards and Assessments

Rep: July 15, 2019

There’s a popular misconception that when school is out and summer break is underway, teachers have several glorious months to sit poolside, globetrot, garden, or otherwise relax and enjoy themselves.

The reality is that many teachers work a summer job to help make ends meet… and whether they have another job or not, many spend a good amount of their summer break developing lesson plans and engaged in professional development.

This summer nearly 200 teacher leaders are engaging in that professional development through California’s Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) where they will work together to adapt and create and fine tune the professional development, they will offer other teachers around the state’s standards and assessments...

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Teachers’ Weekly Pay Lower Compared to Similar College Grads in Other Fields

May 20, 2019

Teachers were paid 21.4 percent less in weekly wages than similar college graduates in 2018 – after accounting for education, experience, and other factors known to affect earnings – according to a new analysis by Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute and University of California economist Sylvia Allegretto.

Although teachers enjoy better benefits packages than similar workers, those benefits only mitigate part of the 21.4 percent wage penalty. In terms of total compensation (wages plus benefits) teachers earned 13.1 percent less than similar college graduates in 2018, just slightly less than the record high 13.3 percent compensation penalty in 2017...

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Adjusted for Inflation, Average Teacher Salary Down 4.5 percent, NEA Report Finds

May 20, 2019

The national average teacher salary, adjusted for inflation, has decreased 4.5 percent over the past decade, according to the annual NEA Rankings and Estimates: Ranking of the States 2018 and Estimates of School Statistics 2019, released in late April.

“Across the nation educator pay continues to erode, expanding the large pay gap between what teachers earn and what similarly educated and experienced professionals in other fields earn,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “Educators don’t do this work to get rich, they do this work because they believe in students. But their pay is not commensurate with the dedication and expertise they bring to the profession.”...

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Survey: Fifty-nine percent of Teachers Take on Additional Paid Work to Supplement Their Pay

May 20, 2019

A new report by economist Emma García and research associate Elaine Weiss of the Economic Policy Institute, based in the nation’s capital, adds to a growing body of research on the financial hardships faced by teachers. The authors find a connection between poor compensation for educators and the national teacher shortage, which forces many to supplement their pay through moonlighting and other strategies.

In the 2015–2016 school year, 59.0 percent of teachers took on additional work either in the school system or outside of it – up from 55.6 percent in the 2011–2012 school year. 44.1 percent of teachers took on second jobs within the school system, such as coaching, student activity sponsorships, mentoring other teachers, or teaching evening classes. 18.2 percent worked outside of the school system, and 5.7 percent received compensation based on student performance. For these teachers, moonlighting made up a substantial 7.0 percent share of their total income...

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Districts Offer Bonuses to Woo Scarce Instructional Talent

To Bring Back Bilingual Ed, California Needs Teachers

By Joanne Jacobs - May 7, 2019

Bilingual education is on its way back in California.

After decisively rejecting bilingual education in 1998, state voters enthusiastically endorsed its return in 2016. Educators are eager to offer more bilingual classes – and not only to recently arrived immigrants. Increasingly, English-speaking parents are also sold on the cognitive benefits of dual-immersion bilingual education for their own kids. One big factor, though, is holding back growth: a severe shortage of bilingual teachers.

“Every day, my phone rings off the hook,” says Cristina Alfaro, who chairs San Diego State University’s Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education. “Principals say, ‘I need a bilingual teacher. I need six teachers. I need someone right now.’”...

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High-Poverty Schools Hit Hardest by “Principal Churn”

Study Looks at the Causes, Impacts of Principal Turnover

By Michelle Wiley and Sara Hossaini - April 4, 2019

Principals are a key in-school factor associated with student achievement. When principals leave, it can disrupt school progress, increase teacher turnover, and stall student achievement. A new study developed by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) reviews existing research to identify why school leadership matters and the impacts of principal mobility on student achievement. The study looks at the data on principal mobility and ways that policymakers can improve principal retention, especially in schools with higher percentages of students from low-income families, students of color, and low-performing students where turnover is highest.

The report, Understanding and Addressing Principal Turnover: A Review of the Research, was released on March 19 in Washington, D.C., at the 2019 NASSP Advocacy Conference and is the first release of an intensive project by the two organizations to explore the causes of and solutions to principal attrition...

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Oakland Unified Teachers Approve Contract After Seven Day Strike

By Michelle Wiley and Sara Hossaini - March 9, 2019

Oakland teachers voted to approve a new contract with the district on Sunday, March 3.

"Educators will be back in their classrooms Monday, knowing that students will benefit from the gains won in smaller class sizes, more student supports, and living wages that will help halt the teacher retention crisis in Oakland," the Oakland Education Association said in press release...

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Seven Things to Keep in Mind After a Teacher Strike

February 9, 2019

(Editor’s note: The recent teacher strike in the mammoth Los Angeles Unified School District became nationwide news, and there have been intense negotiations within the past year in many smaller school districts around California. With that in mind, the Association of California School Administrators recently published the following article.)

The after effects of a strike are long lasting and healing can take years. The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Membership Services tapped former assistant superintendent Bill Tschida for strategies to keep in mind as school administrators work with their staff to move forward following a strike...

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State Controller Publishes 2017 Salary Data for K-12 Education Staff

December 15, 2018

On December 4, California State Controller Betty T. Yee updated her Government Compensation in California website to include 2017 self-reported data for K-12 education employers, including public school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education - a total of nearly 413,000 positions and almost $16.28 billion in wages...

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