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Don’t take the school nurse (or any other school employee) for granted

The teacher is probably the first job description that most of us associate with a public school, but yesterday a school nurse also grabbed my attention when my 13-year-old daughter had a brief, but scary, health-related incident during her middle-school … Continue reading

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Fake education “reform” disrespects the teacher

You don’t have to be too old – or maybe you do – to remember when a popular shorthand for education consisted of only three Rs – reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic. Corny? Sure. But the three Rs emphasized that the … Continue reading

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How absurd is merit pay?

Considering how grossly underpaid Texas teachers are, it is absurd to even be talking about “merit” pay for a handful of them. Some merit advocates, perhaps, simply can’t see the forest for the trees. Others are deliberately promoting a viewpoint … Continue reading

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School privatization group thinks a teacher pay raise would be “wasteful”

Although the Senate Finance Committee approved Senate Bill 3 to give all Texas classroom teachers an overdue, $5,000 across-the-board pay raise, not everyone is on board. One prominent Austin group thinks such a pay raise would be “wasteful.” That would … Continue reading

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