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special needs, those who are disabled, and those
who are bullied.
Washington lawmakers last week reached a deal
to lift the state's "levy lid," blunting tighter limits on
voter-approved local taxes for schools that were set to
take effect this year. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, was
expected to sign the legislation that Republicans had
The district-specific tax measures, or levies, have
long been used by schools to supplement state allowances for programs ranging from extracurricular activities to special education, but a state-dictated maximum had been set to decrease.
According to a nonpartisan legislative analysis, if
the full decrease had been allowed to go into effect, it
would have meant schools statewide could raise about
$1 billion less this year than last.
Billed as a way for individual districts to fill gaps in
the state's funding model, the measure will allow districts to collect up to $2.50 for every $1,000 in property
value, up from $1.50. An alternative minimum would
also be boosted for districts with more than 40,000
The debate is the latest ramification of a state supreme court ruling, which declared that the state
was constitutionally required to cover the cost of basic
education, but left ambiguous the question of whether
schools could raise additional money themselves to
cover expanded programs.
Ky. Attorney General Sues to Block
Subpoenas for Teachers' Records
Kentucky's attorney general followed through on his
warning and filed suit last week to block subpoenas
issued by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration as part of
an investigation into teacher sickouts that shut down
The state Labor Cabinet sent the subpoenas seeking
teacher records to a number of school districts.
Bevin's chief of staff, Blake Brickman, tweeted that
the lawsuit shows that Attorney General Andy Beshear is "more concerned about politics than the law."
Beshear said the subpoenas are unlawful because
the sickouts were not related to teachers' employment
conditions. Teachers used sick days to close schools to
rally against several education bills being considered
by state lawmakers this year.
The teachers' rallies amounted to constitutionally
protected free speech, Beshear said.
"An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter Schools Choose
to Organize and What Happens When They Do"
Efforts to unionize teachers in charter
schools are picking up in a handful of states,
and counter efforts by school administrators
to tamp them down often backfire, according
to a study by the University of Washington's
Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Only 11.3 percent of charters have unionized
staff, down by 1 percent from 10 years ago.
While the majority of unionized charters-54
percent-are so because they are required to
be under state law, most new unionization
efforts are because schools have voluntarily
chosen to organize.
Eighty percent of unionized charter schools
are independent from a larger network.
However, the number of unionized charters affiliated with for-profit and nonprofit
management groups has doubled since
2009-mostly through teachers choosing to
Khadejeh Nikouyeh/News & Record via AP
Legislature in Washington State
Lifts Local Tax Cap for Schools
North Carolina teachers
travel to a rally in the
state capital, where they
planned to protest last
week. The rally marked
the second consecutive
year in which teachers
took to the streets
of Raleigh with hopes |
of gaining more
resources for public
schools, including raises.
Former Denver Schools Superintendent
Michael Bennet Runs for President
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., the former Denver
schools superintendent, is joining the crowded Democratic campaign for the White House.
Bennet, who announced his decision on CBS last
week, has a long record on K-12 policy. As Denver
schools chief, he negotiated changes to the district's
ProComp pay-for-performance plan, working with the
teacher's union, and started the city's color-coded rating system for schools. Those reforms may not have
quite the shine they once did: Denver teachers went on
strike earlier this year, in part because of issues with
In 2009, President Barack Obama seriously considered making Bennet his first education secretary. The
job went instead to Arne Duncan, who at the time was
the Chicago schools chief. Then-Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Bennet to his Senate seat when then-Sen.
Ken Salazar became Secretary of the Interior.
As a senator, Bennet quickly joined the education committee. During development of the Every
Student Succeeds Act, Bennet he helped champion
the Education Innovation and Research program,
which helps districts and states scale up and test
out promising practices. And he helped author a new
ESSA pilot program that allows districts to try out
a "weighted student funding formula" in which
money is tied directly to individual students. In the
pilot, vulnerable groups-like English-learners-
carry with them more money than others.
SPECIAL NEEDS, UNEQUAL DISCIPLINE
The chart shows the percentage of schools in each state where students with disabilities receive out-ofschool suspensions at higher rates than nondisabled students, based on a new analysis of federal data by the
nonprofit research group Child Trends. Only schools with one or more students with disabilities are included.
57.2 24.4 17.2 19.3 39.5 33.5 39.9
37.1 49.2 25.3 16.5 37.0 48.2 N/A 43.2 33.5 39.4 35.3
39.0 26.2 33.9 33.2 38.8 38.4 37.8 53.0 46.5 58.6
28.5 22.4 32.4 29.4 31.4 52.1 49.5 42.6
30.9 46.2 35.0 29.3 52.1
SOURCE: Child Trends
Go the Spoils
Teachers walked out of their classrooms
last school year in protest of low wages-and
in some cases, won sizable pay raises. A new
analysis by the National Education Association shows the likely extent of their victories.
The national average public school teacher
salary for 2017-18 was $60,477-a 1.6 percent increase from the previous year. NEA
estimates that the national average for the
2018-19 school year is $61,730-a 2.1 percent
In states that saw teacher activism last
spring, like Arizona, Oklahoma, and West
Virginia, the average teacher salary is estimated to have increased, sometimes significantly. For example, Oklahoma teachers saw
an estimated 13 percent increase from last
year to this school year, after the state legislature passed a historic $6,100 pay raise in
response to teachers staging a walkout. West
Virginia teachers, who kicked off the wave of
activism with a nine-day strike in February
and March 2018, saw an estimated 4.5 percent increase from 2017-18 to 2018-19.
In Washington state, districts received an
extra $2 billion in state funding for teacher
salaries because of a state supreme court ruling. That resulted in an estimated 31 percent
increase in the average teacher salary, according to NEA's report. (Fourteen related teacher
strikes occurred in the state last fall.)
The NEA's annual report collects salary information from state education departments.
The 2018-19 numbers are estimates.
Despite the estimated gains in some states,
the analysis shows that teacher pay overall
has not kept pace with inflation. While this
year's average salary is up nearly $6,400 from
a decade ago, when the effects of inflation are
considered, the average salary has actually
decreased by 4.5 percent over the past 10
years, the report says.
"When you look at the cold, hard numbers
here, you can see the pay gap, you can see the
gender gap, you can see the respect gap," said
NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. "You
can see that our teacher pay over the last decade has continued to erode."
A recent analysis by the Economic Policy
Institute, which counts the NEA as one of its
funders, found that teachers make less than
similarly educated professionals. The weekly
wage penalty for being a teacher had reached
a record 21.4 percent last year.
More demonstrations were scheduled for
this spring in North Carolina, Oregon, and
South Carolina. And more than 20 governors
this year have recommended that their states
boost teachers' pay, according to an Education
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CITIZEN Z: How Schools Undercut Their Own Civics Lessons
A Slow Build for Reporting On ESSA Data
The Battle Over Who Gets Into Elite Public Schools
News in Brief
Girls Outshine Boys on Test of Tech, Engineering Skills
Career-Tech Ed Drawing Higher Achievers, College Goers
House Democrats Seek $4.4 Billion Ed. Dept. Increase
Trump Meets With Teacher Honorees, Even as Two Boycott
Lindsay J. Friedman: The Enduring Relevance of Holocaust Education
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