Oklahoma Teachers Continue to Strive for Change

By Emily Tucker  A year after 2018’s teacher walkout, ripples are still being made in Oklahoma, influencing legislation and inspiring members of the OU community.   What began with a passionate meeting held by Oklahoma teachers on March 2, 2018, transformed into a statewide walkout within a month, when on April 2, 2018 teachers collectively...

Florida Cuts Costs of Teacher Certification Exams

By  Jeffrey S. Solochek After months of complaints over the state’s teacher certification exams, which have cost thousands of educators their jobs, the Florida Board of Education agreed to reduce the fee teachers pay for retakes. Among the changes: • Registration to retake one of the four General Knowledge subtests will drop from $150 to...

Serious Teacher Shortage in Illinois Continues to Grow

By Angela Kerndl  A statewide study from regional school superintendents found that Illinois’ serious teacher shortage continues to worsen, especially in school districts in central and southern Illinois. The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, representing the leaders of Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers in all 102 Illinois counties, heard from...

20 Year Old Teachers in Classrooms in Mississippi

By Ellen Ciurczak Teachers as young as 20 — an age that, in some cases, would make them only a couple of years older than their students — could soon be coming to classrooms in Mississippi.  A new agreement between the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College allows high school juniors and seniors...

The Reason for Florida’s Teacher Shortage

By Valerie Strauss  The Republican-led Florida legislature is considering education legislation that could alter the school landscape in the state. SB 7070 is an omnibus bill that is loaded with ideas that advocates of public education oppose, including: A new voucher program that would spend millions of taxpayer dollars for tens of thousands of...

Florida’s Teacher Certification Controversy

By Katie LaGrone Members of the Senate Education Committee met on Wednesday and voted to move SB 7070 forward. The 52-page bill includes a number of education initiatives including new measures to help ease frustrations over a state teacher certification test thousands have repeatedly failed since the test was made tougher in 2015. “We don’t want...

Teachers Rally in Florida for Better Funding

By Leslie Postal  Teachers rallied in Orlando — and in communities across the state — on Monday, looking to support their union’s push for better funding for Florida’s public schools. The “fund our future” events, sponsored by the Florida Education Association, aimed to persuade state lawmakers to put more money into public education. The...

Teacher Shortage in Rural Colorado

By Christopher Osher  Steve Wilson has spent 35 years in education in rural Colorado, the past 14 as superintendent of the Big Sandy School District that stretches across ranchland in Elbert and El Paso counties. In his second year as superintendent there, four teachers retired, wiping out more than 132 years of experience. Back...