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, March 03, 2015

  • Congressman Griffith is Vocal as Funding for Homeland Security Shored Up
  • Elizabethton Man Charged After Chase
  • Trial Begins in Case of Housing Authority Director Accused of Fraud, Rigging Bids
  • Johnson City Murder Suspect Arraigned in Court
  • Belk Store Inside The Pinnacle Opening Wednesday
  • Driver Cut Out of Car and Rescued After Crash on Euclid in Bristol
  • Sweet Briar College Joins Virginia Intermont in Closure Market Due to Financial Problems
  • Driver Indicted for Hitting Boy, Grandmother at Unicoi County School Bus Stop
  • Former Cumberland Plateau Deputy Director Enters Alford Plea on 16 Felonies in Russell County
  • Heavy Rain Forecast Puts County Already Weather Stricken on Alert; Food Bank Makes Donations Again
  • CEO: Eastman in Smart Growth Mode
  • Sullivan County Woman Pleads Guilty in Grandmother's Neglect
  • Judge Allows Delay for Greeneville Man Charged in Two Baby Deaths
  • Kingsport Educators Named to Testing Committee by Education Secretary
  • Former Russell County Government Official to go on Trial For Corruption Charges
  • Police in Tazewell County Looking for Suspect Involved in Bar Brawl
  • Killing Black Buzzards Permitted in TN if Law Passes Assembly
  • Carter County Commissioner Wants Locality to Add Acres to Tweetsie Trail
  • Concern for Health of Fish Under TVA Plan to Keep Boone Lake Low
  • Wise County Food Bank Rebounding from Storm Devastation
  • Significant Progress Made after State of Emergency in Wise County
  • Congressman Griffith: Not Part of Political Coup Against Boehner
  • Man Shot Dead in Kitchen of Johnson City Home
  • Energy Company Influence Noted in Virginia's 2015 Legislative Session
  • Sex Assaults Way Up at UT



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