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 GarcĂ­a 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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Causes, Impacts of Teacher Shortage Examined in New Report

August 22, 2018

As students return to school this fall, many school administrators are reviewing their teacher workforce and voicing concerns that there are still not enough fully-prepared teachers to meet the need.

Teacher shortages have become an increasing problem since the Great Recession when, to balance budgets, many jurisdictions reduced their teacher workforces. Since then, low teacher salaries (relative to other professions), lack of adequate teacher preparation, lack of administrative support, and challenging working conditions (especially in schools serving large numbers of low-income families) have driven many teachers out of the profession and dissuaded people from joining...

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Teachers Are Stressed - But Schools Can Help

July 17, 2018
By Youki Terada

In news that will surprise no teachers, a new study has found that 93 percent of elementary school teachers experience high levels of stress. But schools can mitigate the harmful effects of stress by providing proper supports, highlighting the importance of a holistic approach to teacher well-being.

In the study, researchers from the University of Missouri surveyed 121 elementary school teachers, asking questions such as, “How stressful is your job?” and “How well are you coping with the stress of your job right now?” Teachers reported on their levels of burnout and cynicism and on feelings of accomplishment and self-efficacy-their belief in their ability to be effective teachers...

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