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Do you love your students?

“Do you love your students?” As we approached graduation from the School for Education, our teachers coached us on how to respond to this standard interview question. “Your answer should always be, ‘Yes.’” Sure enough, in one of my first interviews for a teaching position, the assistant principal asked me, “Do you love your students?” … Continue reading

New Assessments for Future Missouri Teachers Being Phased In Over Next Two Years

News from Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Vol. 47, No. 17 April 10, 2013 New Assessments for Future Teachers Being Phased In Over Next Two Years As Missouri’s new standards for educator preparation take effect, several changes are ahead for students working to obtain teacher certification. The standards, approved by the State Board … Continue reading

Most Recent Federal Numbers Show Eight Local Districts Employed More Non-Teachers Than Teachers

If you missed our story, New Study: Number of Administrators Grew Faster Than Number of Students in Kansas & Missouri, you can read it HERE. Curious about how the number of teachers in your district compares with the number of administrators and other non-teaching staff? The most recent statistics available were reported by the public schools … Continue reading

New Study: Number of Administrators Grew Faster Than Number of Students in Kansas & Missouri

A new report — The School Staffing Surge — claims the number of administrators nationally and locally grew significantly faster than the number of students in the years leading up to the recession of 2009. According to the report’s author — economist Benjamin Scafidi — growing numbers of non-teaching staff might be warranted if the result was improved … Continue reading

Meet An Average Missouri Public School Teacher

Female: 78.8% of Missouri teachers are women. Caucasian: About 95% of Missouri teachers are white. (In contrast, about 84% of people living in Missouri are white.) Age: 35 years old Experience: No more than 10 years Data source: Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Missouri Public Schools; A Report to the Missouri General Assembly December 2012 _______________________________ Read our … Continue reading

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
KC Teachers Union E-Mail: "Know your rights". The head of the Kansas City teachers union, Andrea Flinders, says some of her members and other school employees are being “unfairly" accused of abusing children in Kansas City’s classrooms. "In some cases, teachers and other school employees are being hotlined unfairly,"…

Meet An Average Kansas Public School Teacher

Female: 75% of Kansas teachers are women. Caucasian: 97% of Kansas teachers are white. (In contrast, about 87% of people living in Kansas are white.) Age: 52 years old Experience: 7 years Most common reason for leaving the profession: Retirement Annual Salary: $35,000 (down from $50,000 at the beginning of the Great Recession) Teaches: Elementary School Data source: Personnel report, … Continue reading

Bad Teachers

“First of all, we need to get rid of all the bad teachers.” I was talking with a friend — a mother whose opinion I generally respect — so I was shocked to hear those words come out of her mouth. I was shocked, because I didn’t think she really knew what she meant. “What … Continue reading

Possible First Amendment Rights Violations: Teachers Association Concerned About Districts Enforcing New Policies

Districts are beginning to enforce their new electronic communications policies, and the Missouri State Teachers’ Association (MSTA) is concerned about possible First Amendment rights violations. “We have heard reports of educators already being suspected of violations,” according to an MSTA blog post. “Some of the violations are personal Facebook posts that are controversial or political … Continue reading

Missouri State Teachers Association Offers Model Communications Policy to Districts

It drew national attention earlier this year, and a Missouri judge said it was most likely unconstitutional. “It” was a provision of the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act regulating online communications among public school employees and students. The Missouri General Assembly passed the legislation, and Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law last summer. Because of … Continue reading


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