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)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  • State Transportation Board Seeking Input in Bristol Wednesday
  • Virginia State Police Budget Cuts Will Reduce Staff, Overtime Pay
  • Sullivan County Detectives Looking for Help to Identify Bluff City, Piney Flats Vandals
  • Committees in Carter County to Stay As-Is After Lengthy Debate
  • State Police Association in Virginia Says Budget Cuts Will Deter Service and Morale
  • Virginia Creeper Trail Inducted into National Rails to Trail Hall of Fame
  • Problem with Accuracy of Eyewitnesses to Crime Identified Across Virginia
  • Police say Woman Lied About Child's Fund Raiser to Collect for Herself
  • Jeff Howard Promoted to ETSU Dean of Students
  • Gas Prices Continue to Drop Across the Tri-Cities
  • Controversial Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire
  • Two Charged in Johnson City Home Robbery
  • ETSU Goes Public with Student Report of Rape
  • Kingsport Earns Highest Bond Ratings in History
  • House Fire in Bristol Contained to Kitchen
  • Sullivan County Commissioners Consent to Support of Wellmont staying local, State Constitution Amendment 1
  • Fire Department Promotion in Johnson City
  • Kingsport Mom Booked Again After Children Found Wondering the Streets
  • Deer Versus Vehicle Crashes on the Rise, THP Reports
  • Man Arrested After Fight With Father Ends With Gunfire



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