Lack of support, low salaries, over-testing contribute to high teacher turnover, report says

Two-thirds of teachers who leave the profession are beginning or mid-career educators who are walking away from the job for reasons other than retirement, according to a report released this week. The report from the Learning Policy Institute says common reasons for teachers leaving the profession include a lack of administrative support, low salaries, testing and accountability pressures, lack of opportunities for advancement, and poor working conditions.

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Janesville teachers applaud school board vote to scrap teacher ‘merit pay’ system linked to Educator Effectiveness program

The Janesville Education Association applauded a unanimous decision by the school board this week to scrap a system that tied teacher compensation to the state’s Educator Effectiveness program. Janesville Education Association President Dave Groth, a science teacher at Janesville Parker High School, said the JEA looks forward to working collaboratively with school district administrators and board members “to create a teacher compensation system that is fair, predictable and rewards loyalty to the district and professional development to ensure the children in Janesville school district have the best professional educators.”

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Racine educators win key school board vote on handbook

Racine educators won a key battle Monday night when the school board voted to delay action on changes to the employee handbook until after the administration meets and confers with the elected union leadership of the district’s educators. “Great news from last night!” the Racine Education Association-Racine Educational Assistants Association declared on its Facebook page. “We take our profession seriously and we will collectively stand to make sure we have a voice in how our schools are run.”

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Young delegates find camaraderie, inspiration at NEA Representative Assembly

Approximately 8,000 delegates – including 122 from Wisconsin – will represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession at the NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly this summer in Boston. We asked a few of WEAC’s younger delegates why they have chosen to be NEA RA delegates and they said they want to speak up for their students, get more involved in the association and meet new friends and colleagues.

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Kenosha teachers lead campaign for more prep time

Kenosha teachers and their supporters will be back at the School Board meeting this month, again asking board members to increase prep time so that teachers can fully meet the needs of their students. In March, dozens of teachers and supporters packed the board meeting to shine a light on the issue, with several teachers taking to the podium to explain the importance of prep time in helping teachers provide quality education for all students.

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Evers says Act 10 ‘turned off a generation of people who want to become teachers’

The 2011 state law known as Act 10 that stripped educators of their collective bargaining rights and reduced their voice in the classroom has “turned off a generation of people who want to become teachers,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said Monday at a pre-election forum. Evers said the law “made a hell of a big difference,’ and blamed it for a growing shortage of teachers in Wisconsin.

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Report shows when tenure ends, teachers leave

A new analysis suggests that tenure reform in Louisiana increased the overall exit rate for teachers, especially those with the most experience. Schools with lower standardized test scores had higher rates of teacher exits, meaning that these schools were disproportionately impacted.

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Act 10 had a profoundly negative impact on state, Pocan tells Iowa legislators

U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) delivers a message to Iowa legislators about the negative consequences to Wisconsin workers and families from Act 10. Iowa is considering a similar law, and Governor Walker as traveled to Iowa to promote it. Pocan, however, says Act 10 – which eliminated the right of educators and other public service workers to collectively negotiate over students’ learning environment, their working conditions and their ability to provide for their families – has had a profoundly negative impact on schools, unions, worker rights, and the state’s overall economy.

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Beloit teachers confront school board over deteriorating student discipline

Beloit teachers banded together last week and took their collective concerns about student discipline to the school board. According to the Beloit Daily News, hundreds of teachers and staff took turns addressing the board, including teacher Dustin Slusser who said high teacher turnover will become the norm if discipline is not restored in the schools.

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Educators discuss Act 10’s impact on the teaching profession

The latest article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series on Act 10 examines the impact on the teaching profession and includes interviews with several WEAC members. It begins: “Educators eager to blame Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 for the declining supply of teachers say the evidence is obvious and convincing. In 2015, four years after the law’s collective-bargaining limits reshaped the profession, the smallest group of juniors and seniors in two decades was enrolled in teaching programs at the state’s public universities. Some 25% of school districts are reporting an ‘extreme shortage’ of job-seekers for key positions.”

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