Friday, June 21, 2013

TEA Proposal
The state board of education is meeting to consider a proposal that opponents say will have negative impact on teachers, students, and schools. Mitchell Johnson with the Tennessee Education Association says they plan to gut the minimum salary schedule for educators. This means less lifetime earnings… “over a teacher’s career, it is going to lessen the amount of money that that teacher will get, and of course you have to understand that Tennessee is like 44th in the nation in funding per-student as it is. Included in that figure is the amount paid for teacher salaries.” In addition to reducing the number of pay steps from 21 to four, Mitchell says the proposal would also collapse the number of advanced degree categories, so there’s no incentive for teachers to seek advanced degrees beyond a Masters… “and so, for those individuals who would have an interest of possibly seeking knowledge and training…and being compensated for that, the proposed salary schedule does not do that.” If approved, this would be the first time in Tennessee history that the State Minimum Salary Schedule has been lowered. (CC)

Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Sullivan County Suspect Still At Large, Accused of Stealing Another Vehicle
  • Kingsport Man Arrested For Aiming Rifle at a Police Officer
  • A Comprehensive Study of Bristol, Virginia Planning and Zoning on Tap
  • BVU to Consider Paying $5,000 for NEW CEO to Move to Bristol
  • Two East Tennessee Assisted Living Facilities Fined $1,000
  • Kingsport Arrest Results from $60,000 Theft
  • Kingsport Suspects Try to Flush $12,000 in Crack Cocaine Down the Toilet
  • Five Booked in Washington County After Year-Long Meth Investigation
  • Suspected Corvette Thief Arrested, Charged for Scott County Incident With Deputy
  • Carter County Authorities Quickly Catch Armed Robbery Suspect
  • Jury Convicts Southwest Virginia Retail Store Owners of Selling Synthetic Marijuana
  • Sentence Reduced for Bristol Man Convicted of Child Rape
  • Carter County Gets Stern Warning on Finances From Comptroller
  • Mold Forces Closure of Indian Springs Elementary
  • Dangerous, Possibly Drugged, Suspect Wanted in Sullivan County
  • New Virginia Road Funding Formula in Question for Coalfield's Expressway, Other Projects
  • Bristol, Virginia Working to Get Revenue Bonds to Market for The Falls Project
  • USDA Awards $3 Million to Scott County, Va., for Broadband



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