Oklahoma voters may increase sales tax to give teachers a $5,000 raise.

From Education Week today:

According to a new poll, Oklahoma voters, by a wide margin, support a measure that would use a 1 percent sales tax increase to give the state’s teachers $5,000 raises.

According to a March 2015 study by the National Education Association, the state ranked 48th in terms of teacher pay during the 2013-14 school year. Since then, lawmakers in the other states that have hovered near the bottom of that ranking—MississippiSouth Dakota, and Idaho —have all passed bills to increase educators’ salaries. Whether Oklahoma teachers see raises will depend on the results of the November 8 ballot initiative on whether to institute the penny tax. ”

 

Into the Shark Tank…

Dangerously wading into the teacher evaluation controversy.

Earlier today on Diane Ravitch’s blog, she posted an alert that the State of Utah was going to base teacher pay on teaching evaluations, and that this would be a terrible idea.

Diane Ravitch is nationally known; she was initially in the Bush Administration, but later turned against the No Child Left Behind Act and has written extensively on its problems.  She also opposes the expansion of charter schools because they drain money away from public schools often in an unaccountable, possibly corrupt, fashion.  I agree with some, but not all, of her positions.

I may get my head handed to me on silver platter, but I submitted the following comment to the post.  The comment was in the moderation queue for a while but went live around 3 PM PDT.

Continue reading “Into the Shark Tank…”

Raising Local Teacher Salaries (part 2)

San Mateo / Foster City School District salaries have not been competitive with nearby districts for years. This discussion (part two) is an attempt to understand and address this issue. This part contains a response from SMFCSD Superintendent Rosas.

Continue reading “Raising Local Teacher Salaries (part 2)”

Raising Local Teacher Salaries (part 1)

San Mateo / Foster City School District salaries have not been competitive with nearby districts for years. This discussion (part one) is an attempt to understand and address this issue.

Continue reading “Raising Local Teacher Salaries (part 1)”

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Education News

  1. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  2. The Fine Art of Delay – An Open Letter to the SMUHSD Board
  3. The Aragon 2018-2019 School Year Begins – and so do the calls for help
  4. Will a Female Physicist Succeed Where Einstein Failed?
  5. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 3 – Physics
  6. Why U.S. Schools Should Not Be Like Shanghai!
  7. Before You Vote on Upcoming School Ballot Measures, Please Read This!
  8. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  9. My Speech to the SMUHSD Board on NGSS

 

Issues in Teaching Mathematics     

  1. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  2. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 2 – AP Statistics
  3. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 1 – Precalculus (with an aside on Multivariable Calculus)
  4. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  5. Why is 10^0 = 1 ???
  6. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?
  7. Here We Go Again….

 

AP Class Crisis

  1. How Students are “Accelerating” in Math at Aragon
  2. The Fine Art of Delay – An Open Letter to the SMUHSD Board
  3. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 3 – Physics
  4. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  5. Attention SMUHSD Parents! State Mandated Testing Negatively Impacts Aragon’s Physics Program
  6. Taking the Fight to Harvard
  7. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  8. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  9. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  10. very unfortunate local test practice that I think is hurting students.
  11. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math.
  12. Confirmation from UC Berkeley on problems with AP classes

 

Teacher Salaries

  1. Before You Vote on Upcoming School Ballot Measures, Please Read This!
  2. IMPORTANT – SMFCSD Seeks Community Input on School Finances
  3. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  4. SMFCSD Settles Contract Dispute with Teachers, But What Comes Next???
  5. SM Daily Journal: Battle over teacher pay gets worse

 

College Admissions

  1. How to get in to Harvard
  2. SAT Test Prep Recommendations

 

Top Ten Most Read Articles

  1. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  2. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  3. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  4. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC
  5. Back to School – Changes at Aragon HS
  6. “Educators laud test success” – Give me a break!!!!
  7. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  8. How to Get in to Harvard
  9. The Aragon 2018-2019 School Year Begins – and so do the calls for help
  10. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum

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