Inspiring Oklahoma Teacher Recognized

By Kyle Hinchey  An East Central High School teacher didn’t know what to think about his prominent role in Tulsa Regional Chamber Chairman David Stratton’s inaugural speech. Stratton highlighted AP math teacher David Lanning while addressing the need for increased education funding at the chamber’s annual meeting Thursday. Particularly, the chairman lauded a voluntary...

Florida in Need of Science Teachers

By Jeffrey S. Solochek When he speaks to the Florida Board of Education on Wednesday, Escambia County schools superintendent Malcolm Thomas has a stark message: The state’s teacher shortage is not improving. “Teacher recruitment and retention is a major concern for  superintendents,” Thomas writes in his prepared comments, which appear on the board agenda. “There...

South Carolina’s Growing Classroom Size

By Paul Bowers South Carolina stopped enforcing its size limits on most public school classrooms in 2010, bowing to the financial pressures of the Great Recession. Nearly nine years later, the state still does not enforce those limits. The teachers have noticed. “Right now, it feels like in order to save money people put...

More Diversity in California Teaching Corps

By Phillip Reese When Rachel Valdivia-Ornelaz attended elementary school near Oxnard during the 1950s, none of her teachers were Latino. Later, over the course of a decades-long career as an elementary school teacher in Oxnard, she watched that pattern change, especially during the last few years. “Our district in Oxnard has been making a...