The newest Marquette University Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin on October 31 and it included an array of questions on various election and other issues. This poll asked more K-12 related questions than previous polls including questions on teacher pay and priorities for increasing student achievement.
K-12 education once again featured as a top issue for likely voters: Continue reading MU Law Poll: K-12 still a top issue for voters; governor race a dead heat
For the past half-century, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), an organization of professional educators, has released a nationwide poll this time of year that attempts to capture the American public’s attitudes toward public education.
For the 19th consecutive year, Americans have named the lack of funding as the biggest problem facing their local schools and by a higher margin than in recent years.
Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of those surveyed say teacher pay in their community is too low, while just 6 percent say it’s too high. Further, for the first time since the question was asked in 1969, a majority of respondents (54 percent) say they would not want their child to become a public school teacher, often citing poor pay and benefits among their reasons. Continue reading 50th annual PDK poll results: Public supports more funding for schools, teachers
When they go to the polls on Nov. 8, voters in 21 school districts will see at least one operating referendum to exceed revenue limits on their ballot. Voters in four districts–Fort Atkinson, McFarland, Monroe, and Turtle Lake—will see two operating referendum questions.
Already this year, voters have approved 37 of 46 (80%) of the operating referendum questions put before them in districts across the state. This includes 27 of 33 non-recurring questions (82%) and 10 of 13 recurring questions (77%). If voters in just 12 districts approve their ballot questions, it will set a new record for the number of districts passing referendums to exceed the revenue limits in one year. The current record (47 districts) was set in 2014. Continue reading 25 Operating Referendums on Nov. 8 Ballot
The recently released report, “A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.” details that teacher shortages are widespread throughout the United States and are having an impact on educational outcomes.
The report details four main factors driving the shortage: decline in teacher prep program enrollments, school district efforts to return to pre-recession pupil-teacher ratios, increasing student enrollment and higher teacher attrition. Continue reading National Teacher Shortage Report: Wisconsin is Middle of the Pack
Public school teachers in the Milwaukee area are leaving the profession at a higher rate than the state as a whole, and Wisconsin’s teacher preparation programs are not enrolling enough candidates to fill their shoes in the classroom, according to a new report released Monday by the nonprofit Public Policy Forum.
The report suggests several potential reasons for the departures, including pay — from low starting salaries to capped raises — burnout, increasing accountability requirements, promotions and family obligations. Continue reading Teacher Shortage: Milwaukee Area Study Released
Education Week reports South Dakota lawmakers recently approved a “half-penny sales-tax increase…designed to boost teacher salaries,” the “centerpiece of a bipartisan effort to raise the average teacher salary in the state to $48,500.” The state’s “average teacher salary in 2013-14 was just over $40,000, the lowest of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to National Education Association tabulations.” South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, “who has championed the measure,” created a Blue Ribbon Task Force in 2015 to address education spending. The task force in November “recommended establishing a new dedicated funding source for teacher pay and reorienting its school-financing formula.” Since then, “Two companion bills that complete the education overhaul have cleared the state Senate and are awaiting action in the House of Representatives.”
Continue reading South Dakota Legislators Approve Measure To Boost Teacher Salaries