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Here’s what to tell parents about post-bachelor’s degree salaries (an encore performance of Georgetown CEW’s 2015 report)

In class this week, a biochemistry major shared that she felt badly that as a bachelor’s degree grad she could not make as much as her brother, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication.  To inject some facts … Continue reading

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In Florida Senate, Fewer/Better/Neither testing bill seems to eclipse Montford’s competing reform bill

Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Education Committee meeting featured a testing policy duel between a bill (SB 926) pushed by the Foundation for Excellence in Education that promises fewer and better tests – but actually delivers neither – and a … Continue reading

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Replace Best and Brightest with a grant program: Let Florida’s school districts be laboratories for innovation

Florida’s Best and Brightest teacher bonus program is intended to be a way to achieve statewide policy objectives – including implementing performance-based compensation of educators and recruiting more talented individuals into teaching – while circumventing the district-level collective bargaining process. … Continue reading

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Message to the Downtown Panama City Rotary Club at today’s meeting: Considerable progress in Bay County high schools, more work to do

A few of the slides from my talk to the Downtown Panama City Rotary Club today can be found below.  At the very bottom is a picture of the attendees learning some atomic physics – I was using plasma discharge … Continue reading

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Florida trails Alabama, Georgia in average teacher salary, according to NCES

Average teacher salaries are from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).  The spreadsheet is here: nces_2015 The link is here.  

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From the Center for American Progress: “What Do People Know About Excellent Teaching and Learning?”

This week, the Center for American Progress posted a piece by Ulrich Boser that examined whether Americans in general and parents in particular know what effective teaching practices look like.  In general, the answer is no.  And that has important … Continue reading

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Teacher salaries in Georgia and Florida: A comparison of district averages

The district average teacher salaries in Florida shown in the plot below are available on the Florida Department of Education web site.  Those in Georgia are available at the Atlanta Journal-Consitution web site.

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