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)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Man Killed by Train in Johnson City Identified
  • Man Found Shot to Death in Home in Greene County
  • Bridge in Kingsport to Carry The Name of Decorated Vietnam Soldier
  • Boone Lake Reservoir Going Down Five Weeks Early for Sinkhole, Seepage Investigation
  • Johnson City Man Charged in Restaurant Burglary
  • Federal Funding Problems Delay Northeast Tennessee Road Projects
  • Meth-Making Charges Filed Against Damascus Man
  • VDOT Gets More Funding, More Equipment for 2014-15 Snow Removal
  • Victim Says A Woman Tried to Run Him Over Three Times on I-26
  • Russell County Crash Still Under Investigation
  • Jury Finds Blountville Man Guilty of First Degree Murder
  • Review: Deadly Force Justified in Washington County, Virginia Killing
  • Elizabethton School Superintendent Calls Fox News Report 'Absurd'
  • Johnson City Man Stopped for Speeding, Arrested for Marijuana Possession
  • "Incest Dad" from Bristol Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison
  • MTSU Poll: 'Yes On 1' Issue Could be Too Close to Call
  • Appalachian Biofuels Chooses Russell County for New Headquarters, Plant
  • Elizabethton Man Charged with Two Counts of Rape



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