Importance of Teachers in Quality Education

By Cindy Cisneros  AS WE PAUSE THIS LABOR Day to celebrate the nation’s workers, we should also think about those whose profession helps prepare the citizens and workforce of tomorrow: early childhood teachers who work with children every day. A child’s first five years are the most critical for neurological development, with their brains forming more…

Reason For High Teacher Turnover Rate

By Kelly McLaughlin Educators are seeing record high turnover in their schools in recent years. More than 40% of teachers leave the profession within five years, according to the National Education Association, leaving teacher shortages across the country. Turnover is highest in the South and lowest in the Northwest, the Learning Policy Institute found in a 2016…

West Virginia’s Teacher Strike

By KRISTEN UPPERCUE & MARY ALVAREZ & 100 DAYS IN APPALACHIA Jessica Salfia has had a busy nine months.  Salfia is an English teacher at Spring Mills High School, one of the largest in West Virginia, situated in the state’s Eastern Panhandle. She’s one of the organizing members and president of the West Virginia chapter of the…

Teach for America Oklahoma City

By Phil Cross OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — As the state of Oklahoma struggles to keep teachers from leaving for other states, one group is bringing in teachers from states around the country to fill the empty spaces left from the education crisis. The teacher shortage is one of many negative headlines about the Oklahoma education system.…

Reason for Virginia’s Below Average Math Scores

By Hoppy Kercheval  Last month, the state Department of Education released the first “Balanced Scorecard” to provide a snapshot of how public school students are performing and to provide a baseline from which to measure future progress. The math scores were terrible. Eighty-eight percent of the state’s 116 high schools were rated “substantially below the…