opinion Nancy Kaffer Detroit Free Press Published 8:30 AM EDT Sep 18, 2019 Here's the last decade in Michigan education: Schools are getting worse. Teachers are getting paid less. We've barely increased state education spending. We're not paying what we owe for teacher pensions and retiree health care, and a roads funding plan proposed by Lansing Republicans could make all of it worse. It's a lot. If you have kids in school, it's pretty clear why you should care about all of this stuff. But even if you're childfree, or your kids are grown, if you care about schools, education, kids, the state's ability to attract and keep businesses, all of that should be troubling. Basically, it's better for all of us if our schools don't stink. And we can fix it — but only if we're honest about what's going wrong. Michigan teacher salaries look good on paper Michigan teacher pay is ranked 13th highest in the nation, on average, with a trendline over … [Read more...] about Teacher salaries in Michigan look good on paper. They aren’t.
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opinion Anna Clark Published 7:50 AM EDT Jun 14, 2019 Over on Court Street in St. Joseph, Mich., one mile from the little bridge to Benton Harbor, my hardworking family struggled to make do. We poured milk over broken Saltines and called it cereal. I tried, in a thousand obnoxious ways, to persuade my parents to buy food they couldn’t afford, not least in a choreographed song-and-dance routine with my siblings titled "The There’s-No-Food Blues." We had one big advantage: terrific public schools. For all the separateness between St. Joseph and Benton Harbor — one whiter and richer, the other poorer and mostly African American, with the St. Joseph River curving between them, doomed to be a perpetual metaphor — these are small communities. For many of us, our roots span both sides. I grew up in St. Joseph, but Benton Harbor is where my mother was raised, where relatives live, where our family church is, where I worked part-time jobs in … [Read more...] about Benton Harbor High School closure: What it means
The Grand Rapids Press Published 1:15 PM EDT Jun 8, 2019 Warren – Michigan’s declining teacher salaries are leaving many educators feeling undervalued and pushing some to leave the field. The average salary for Michigan teachers continued to decrease last year, contributing to a 12% decline over the last decade, according to new data from the National Education Association, a labor union. The Michigan Department of Education found that teachers’ average salary has stagnated since its peak in 2009, at $63,024, MLive.com reported . Greg Queen, who has been teaching in Michigan for nearly 30 years, said he was unable to provide for his family after facing a decade of sluggish pay increases and rising contributions for health care and retirement benefits. He is among many who have seen take-home pay reduced because of state mandated increases in benefits contributions, as well as forced furlough days. Queen, who teaches at Fitzgerald Public Schools District in Macomb … [Read more...] about Michigan’s falling teacher salaries push some from field
By Fernando Alfonso III Updated 5:30 pm CDT, Thursday, August 30, 2018 PHOTOS: Football coaches score big salaries The top 35 highest paid coaches in the Houston area will each earn more than $106,000 this year. >>>Swipe through and see if your high school coach made the list.... less PHOTOS: Football coaches score big salaries The top 35 highest paid coaches in the Houston area will each earn more than $106,000 this year. >>>Swipe through and see if your high school coach made ... more Photo: Conroe ISD, Spring Branch ISD 35. Zach Head, Clear Creek High SchoolDistrict: Clear Creek ISD Salary: $107,060 35. Zach Head, Clear Creek High School District: Clear Creek ISD Salary: $107,060 Photo: Kirk Sides/Houston Chronicle 34. Trenton Faith, Cypress Woods High SchoolDistrict: Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Salary: $107,233 … [Read more...] about The highest paid Houston-area high school football coaches in 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s teacher walkout and Capitol protest showed no signs of stopping after a second day as thousands of teachers brought their fight for more state funding for public schools indoors.Protest chants filled the Capitol rotunda Tuesday as educators pressed lawmakers to take action on stalled-out measures that could bring in additional revenues for school operations. Thousands spent the day outside, protesting or waiting to get in.“What do we want? Funding! When do we want it? Now!”“We’ll be back on Wednesday!”“This is what democracy looks like!”Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said the Capitol had reached maximum capacity by about 9:45 a.m., and they would only allow people still lined up to come inside as others departed.The Oklahoma Education Association listed three teacher demands that would end the walkout: fill the $50 million gap created in hotel/motel tax the Legislature repealed last week, pass a bill … [Read more...] about ‘They’ve given us a raise and nothing for students’: Teacher walkout shows no sign of ending