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How much are high school teachers underpaid in each state?

USA Today, 24/7 Wall Street, EPI |

Public high school teachers in the United States earned approximately 19.2% less than other college-educated workers in 2019, according to the report, “Teacher pay penalty dips but persists in 2019,” published Sept. 17, 2020 by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank.

The teacher wage penalty is regression-adjusted and represents how much less, in percentage terms, public school teachers are paid in weekly wages relative to other college-educated workers (after accounting for factors known to affect earnings such as education, experience, and state residence).

On average across the United States, a high school teacher working in a public school earns $65,930 a year. The average occupation in the U.S. that requires at least a college degree pays $92,175 a year – according to government labor force data for May 2019.

Pickerington Schools investigating elementary principal’s social media posts

WBNS |

Pickerington Local School District confirmed to 10TV they are investigating posts shared on the personal social media page of Fairfield Elementary Principal Ruth Stickel. The posts are critical of Black Lives Matter and political in nature.

“The district is aware of the posts on Principal Stickel’s personal social media page and is investigating the matter. The issue will be addressed in accordance with board policy regarding the use of social media as a representative of the school district (7540.04A) and the PLSD Administrative Handbook.”

“While these posts and/or comments were not on my personal timeline, I did make comments on other posts that others may see as offensive, and for that I am sorry and take responsibility. In no way do any of these reflect my feelings toward the students or the Pickerington community.”

This is the second social media incident involving the district recently. An assistant principal in the Pickerington Local School District had her promotion to principal rescinded after a social media post on her personal Facebook page showed profane language critical of police.

Many Arkansas Teachers Refuse In-Person Classes Amid COVID-19 Concerns

NPR |

At least 166 instructors represented by Little Rock Education Association say they are concerned about COVID-19 and only willing to teach remotely. Until the district allows for remote-only instruction or increases school safety, they say they will stay home, according to a union statement.

“Our schools are NOT safe. Someone is going to get sick and someone is going to die if we continue in the current manner,” association President Teresa Knapp Gordon said in a statement. “This is not a strike,” Gordon continued. “We are completely and totally willing to work and serve our students virtually in a manner that keeps everyone safe and alive.”

The district, however, isn’t budging. Mike Poore, Little Rock School District superintendent, said in a letter that there are “no plans to close schools.” Poore also told NPR there will be disciplinary action against the no-show teachers, and they may be fired. He says the district has done an excellent job of being as safe as possible in the five weeks it has been open.

‘They should have shot them’: What a silly thing to say

Cincinnati Enquirer – Byron McCauley |

“Many of us have fired off communication that we instantly wished we could take back. At the very least, it can be hurtful or embarrassing. At worst, it could instigate violence or get you fired. That which we once may have thought of as water-cooler talk can now become a wrecking ball.”

Byron McCauley

Schools have taken steps to hire more building, long-term substitute teachers

WKRC |

School districts in several communities, including Cincinnati Public Schools, have been recruiting daily, long-term and building substitute teachers to deal with a potential uptick in illnesses because of COVID-19. Hamilton County Educational Service Center provides substitute teachers to all of the schools in Hamilton County outside of Cincinnati Public Schools and to most of the schools in Clermont County.

“Recruitment has been good; hiring has been good,” said Matt Wendeln, a program manager at Hamilton County ESC.

“The needs are a little bit different because of COVID,” Wendeln said. “Schools want to be prepared for the emergency sick leave and those two-week quarantines or three-day stay-at-home. So they want to have some building subs lined up to do that. So that’s been the largest recruitment difference.”

Arbitrator sides with University of Akron in layoff of nearly 100 union faculty

Cleveland.com |

An arbitrator on Friday sided with the University of Akron administration in its decision to eliminate the positions of nearly 100 unionized faculty as part of the university’s cost-saving measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ruling by arbitrator Jack Buettner came Friday afternoon, and stated that UA was within its rights to lay off the faculty under the “force majeure” clause in its contract with the Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Read the Arbitration Decision and Award.

Union sues Oregon City Schools over staff reductions

Toledo Blade |

The Ohio Association of Public School Employees and 26 Oregon City Schools employees contend in the lawsuit filed Friday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court that the reductions were not financially necessary and that the school board acted illegally by making the cuts during a meeting that violated state transparency laws.

Dublin educators’ T-shirts ignite controversy, conversations about racism

Columbus Dispatch |

The T-shirts in question, which Dublin Scioto Principal Bob Scott, assistant Principal Leanndra Yates and social studies teacher Scott Marple wore on Sept. 10, featured the phrases “science is real,” “black lives matter,” “no human is illegal,” “love is love,” “women’s rights are human rights” and “kindness is everything” in a rainbow of fonts.

The trio tweeted a photo using the school’s Twitter account, welcoming students back to school after weeks of online learning. The image has since been deleted.

On Monday, Dublin City Schools Superintendent Todd Hoadley sent an email to all employees that didn’t directly reference the shirts but advised the staff that “political activities” don’t contribute to a positive learning environment and are not appropriate in school. He cited a 2002 school board policy on “controversial issues” and a 2007 administrative guideline on political involvement.

The Columbus Dispatch article continues with reaction from the community and Dublin students. See below.

West Clermont teacher on administrative leave after Facebook posts

WKRC |

A teacher is on administrative leave after social media comments she made bashing the president. The Facebook post centers around the parade for President Donald Trump that happened over the weekend.

Chris Hicks, a Clermont County man who runs a “watchdog” Facebook page, says he was sent the teacher’s post. “The role of a teacher, they’re not regular citizens. They’re not editorial pundits. They’re government employments that we trust to raise and nurture our children and develop their minds,” according to Mr. Hicks.

The school district said in a statement that it is investigating all of the facts and the law and that the teacher will remain on leave while the investigation is ongoing. “We acknowledge the right of our professional staff to speak on issues of public concern. However, we must balance those rights against the interests of the district and the efficient operations of our schools.”