Sunday, May 22, 2011

Top 10 States with the Worst Paid Teachers


This list includes the QualityCounts grades as well. Educational results are average as measured by the QualityCounts survey issued by Education Week.

1. South Dakota (D+)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $35,201
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 13.4 (14th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 290.61 (8th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 270.06 (8th)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 94.3% (20th)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 6.60% (24th)

Members of the South Dakota Senate are balking at Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed 10% cut in education spending, a move that the South Dakota Education Association says would “devastate” public schools. “When you talk about a 10 percent cut in education, at this stage in the game in Rapid City, South Dakota, it is in some form or fashion affecting students,” Rapid City Board Director Dave Janak tells the Rapid City Journal. During his recent campaign Daugaard vowed to strengthen math and science education.

2. North Dakota (C)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $44,266
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 11.9 (6th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 292.84 (4th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 269.24 (10th)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 92.6% (31st)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 7.19% (12th)

North Dakota legislators have proposed overhauling the state’s education system that would create a Department of Education starting Jan. 1, 2015, to oversee all aspects of public education. Proposed federal spending cuts would slash the budget of the Bismark School District by $6 million. Minot officials are also warning of cuts.

3. Missouri ( C)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $46,411
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 13.2 (11th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 285.8 (22nd)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 266.87 (17th)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 92.6% (30th)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 6.99% (16th)

Though state funding is remaining even, schools are losing ground because costs are beginning to rise, according to the Missouri School Boards’ Association. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes Howell Board Member Cynthia Bice as saying “”This is like asking me which of my children are my favorite” when discussing possible layoffs. Kelvin Adams recently was awarded a three-year contract extension as superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools. Standardized test scores rose under his leadership.

4. Utah ( C-)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $46,571
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 22.3 (50th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 284.06 (28th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 265.59 (23rd)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 75.5% (50th)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 5.23% (49th)

Legislators are considering a bill that would forbid school districts from employing a “last hired, first fired” approach toward layoffs. Gov. Gary Hebert has criticized lawmakers for cutting his proposed spending deeply. “A report by two Georgetown researchers indicated that 66 percent of all jobs in Utah — approximately 1 million — will require some post-secondary training or education beyond high school in 2018,” according to the Desert News.

5. Florida (B-)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $46,702
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 16 (38th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 279.33 (34th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 264.36 (30th)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 94.5% (14th)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 5.65% (44th)

Schools in Florida, who have slashed 12,000 jobs over the past 36 months, are worried that more layoffs would be needed under Gov. Rick Scott’s spending plan. If Scott’s proposal were to pass, that would mean that the Miami-Dade School District would need to cut $150 million and lay off some workers. The Florida Education Association has vowed to fight a bill in the Legislature that would tie all teacher pay to test scores because a “proven evaluation” system is not in place.

6. Mississippi (C-)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $46,818
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 13.8 (19th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 265 (50th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 251.3 (50th)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 95.6% (10th)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 4.85% (50th)

Gov. Haley Barbour recommended funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP, the state’s education funding formula, at the current level of just more than $2 billion, the Hattiesburg American says. Biloxi Superintendent recently warned of possible teacher layoffs. In fact, the Associated Press noted that most of Mississippi’s 152 school districts have lost personnel, including teachers, principals and assistant principals.

7. North Carolina ( C+)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $46,850
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 14.74 (31st)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 284.33 (25th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 259.52 (37th)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 92.4% (32nd)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 6.45% (27th)

The financial picture for North Carolina schools is bleaker now than it was at the start of the recession because federal stimulus money has dried up. That means budget cuts. ”Last week, Gov. Bev Perdue proposed a 3.9 percent reduction to public schools that spared cuts to classroom teachers and assistants, “ The Charlotte Observer says. “But it recommended trimming several thousand noninstructional positions, including administrators, office workers, janitors and bus drivers. ” Republicans who control the legislature are pushing for deeper cuts in education, the paper says.

8. New Mexico (C)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $46,950
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 14.94 (33rd)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 269.7 (48th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 254.12 (46th)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 95.7% (9th)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 5.92% (39th)

Gov. Susana Martinez believes that the $5.4 billion spending plan approved Friday by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee short changes education.. Last year, 24 school districts requested emergency financial help from the state. A bill that would tie teacher evaluations to student performance is pending before the Legislature.

9. Tennessee ( C+)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $47,043
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 14.67 (29th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 274.76 (42nd)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 260.94 (33rd)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 86% (44th)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 6.68% (21st)

Memphis Superintendent Kriner Cash is moving on an “ambitious plan to begin six-day weeks for elementary school children, fast-track graduation options in high schools and the utilization of new technology,” according to the Commercial Appeal. Gov. Phil Bredesen’s proposed budget includes a $47 million increase for public schools. Representative Debra Young Maggart, a Republican recently introduced a bill that would forbid teachers’ unions from collective bargaining, a proposal which the New York Times says has left many teachers demoralized.

10. Kansas ( C)


  • Average Salary 2010/2011: $47,080
  • # of Enrolled Students Per Teacher 2010/2011: 13.7 (18th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Math Score 2009: 288.59 (11th)
  • Average National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Score 2009: 266.79 (19th)
  • Average Daily Attendance as a % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 94.5% (15th)
  • High School Graduation Rate as % of Fall Enrollment 2010/2011: 6.42% (28th)

Kansas officials have asked for relief from requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. More than five dozen school districts filed a class action suit in November over what they consider to be unconstitutional cuts in state aid. Governor Sam Brownbeck’s proposed budget cuts per-pupil for education spending.


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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.


Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.