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NEA Delegates Vote to Support President Barack Obama in Re-election Bid

The National Education Association’s highest governing body has voted to approve the recommendation of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.

“President Barack Obama shares our vision for a stronger America,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA. “He has never wavered from talking about the importance of education or his dedication to a vibrant middle class."

How to Inspire Your Students to Read this Summer

Some teachers like to get back all their classroom library books before the school year ends. I was not that teacher. Check ‘em out, read ‘em, and share ‘em. A dog-eared, weathered book returned in fall (or not) is an ideal book in my book.

And we all know this: when kids independently read during June, July and August, it works wonderfully against what’s known as Summer Slide.

UPDATED: Tennessee Department of Education FAQ on New Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act

Governor Haslam signed the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act (PECCA) on June 1, 2011. This new law repeals the Education Professional Negotiations Act (EPNA), which provided collective bargaining in Tennessee for over 30 years. The Tennessee Department of Education has created a Frequently Asked Questions sheet reflecting their advice to school districts about the new act.

TEA Pledges to Continue Advocacy

The Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act creates new rules that govern the relationship among teachers, local education associations and school districts. As the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) analyzes the language of the new law and its impact on teachers, the organization pledges to continue promoting, advancing and protecting public education, the education profession and the rights and interests of its 52,000 members.

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.