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Teacher evaluations slow Race to the Top

Editorial by Ted Rayburn, Tennessean Opinion Page Editor
The Tennessean, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

Can it be that the fast-moving Race to the Top is getting its first gut check?

Since the drive for federal funds to improve public education in Tennessee kicked into gear about 21 months ago, the developments have been dizzying:

A special, two-week session of the General Assembly commits to a package of aggressive reforms.

Annual enrollment transfer period now open for State of Tennessee Group Insurance Program

The annual enrollment transfer period for the State of Tennessee Group Insurance Program is from October 1 to November 1, 2011.  Individuals previously not enrolled in the plan may enroll with a late fee. 

For more information about the transfer period please contact your UniServ staff person or visit:  www.partnersforhealthtn.gov.

Sumner County teachers file suit in Federal Court

The Sumner County Education Association filed suit in federal court against the Sumner County Board of Education on September 7, 2011.  The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court in Nashville, alleges violations of basic First Amendment rights of SCEA and SCEA members, as well as violation of their rights under the Professional Employees Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011 (PECCA).  The suit names the Sumner County Education Association and Dr. Alzenia Walls, a teacher in Sumner County and president of SCEA, as plaintiffs.

TEAM Website Launched

On Thursday, August 25, TDE launched the new TEAM website.  At this site, you can find links to a wealth of resources related to the new evaluation system.  Many of these resources will be of value to all districts, whether using the state TEAM model or another approved model for teacher evaluations this year.

Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Career Teachers

Originally published in teach magazine, August 2014

A huge portion of Tennessee teachers have not received a salary increase for the past several years. State funding has remained flat and local revenue is scarce, causing many school systems to give one time bonuses, if anything, for an increase in compensation. The problem of stagnant pay is unique in Tennessee.

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