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    ALAMEDA — Measure A, a school parcel tax voters narrowly approved in 2020, has been struck down in court, but Alameda Unified says it plans to appeal the ruling. Most of the money raised by Measure A goes toward teachers’ salaries and benefits. School district officials have not said how they will pay for promised teacher salary increases without the seven-year tax, which raises an estimated $10.5 million annually. They would only say that they remain committed to honoring the negotiated pay raises. A district spokeswoman said she would not comment further because of the ongoing litigation. Resident Leland Traiman, a nurse practitioner who unsuccessfully ran for a school board seat in 2020, filed the lawsuit contesting the tax. Under the measure, property owners were taxed 26.5 cents per square foot of their building, with an annual cap of $7,999. Trainman contended that the tax was unfair because larger businesses such as the Lucky Supermarket on Marina Village Parkway were taxed less per square foot than smaller businesses and residences. “I have been labeled anti-school, I’ve been labeled a conservative,”...
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- Teachers in the Mount Diablo School District took to the picket line Friday not to strike, but to show they are serious about striking if need be."It feels exciting. There is a lot of energy out here. We call this a getting ready to strike awareness campaign. To let the community know that we are ready to do what it takes to get fair wages for our teachers," said Northgate High School teacher Karen Jenkins.They chose Friday to picket because the neutral fact finding panel will start looking into the negotiations and is expected to present non-binding recommendations next week."We are hoping the fact finding panel will find what we have seen all along: that there are funds to support, that it is a prioritization of the funds," said chemistry teacher Kevin Taylor.RELATED: Union reps reach agreement with SFUSD on underpayments to educators, but not without hit to moraleEMBED More News Videos After three nights of camping out in San Francisco Unified School District headquarters, teachers' union reps say they have reached an agreement. Superintendent...
    KEY WEST(CBSMiami/CNN) – Steven Becker and a friend of his from college had a big goal in mind when they planned to swim 12 miles around Key West. “The whole purpose of the swim was to raise money for college scholarships,” said Becker, a retired teacher. READ MORE: Bill That Would Rename Coral Reef After Late State Rep. Kristin Jacobs Goes To Gov. DeSantis “My goal was to raise about five to six thousand dollars, which is how much it costs to send a student to Florida college university for a year,” he said. The money raised will go toward helping students with the Immokalee Foundation, a non-profit that empowers students in the city where Becker used to teach. “I just really have a special affiliation with the foundation. I love the work they do and love the people that are involved there,” he explained. Before Becker attempted the swim, Noemi Perez, President & CEO of the Immokalee Foundation said, “if he raises the goal which is five thousand dollars, then Florida pre-payed will match that, to equal a ten...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Bronzeville high school teacher has started his own marathon to raise money for a STEM department at his school. He wants to reach $250,000 to make it happen."I've been training so hard for this. You have to finish what you start," said Michael Mancini, English and Special Education teacher at Wendell Phillips Academy High School.Four times a week, Mancini trains for a marathon. But it's not the Boston or Chicago races. He's training for his own marathon, which he started in order to raise the money to create a STEM department at his school."If you look at the statistical average, 14% of people of color make up jobs in the STEM field, 7% being LatinX and 7% being African American," Mancini said. "Clearly people of color are underrepresented in the STEM field. Our kids need these opportunities, this access into that education that they don't have currently."So far, the high school teacher has raised about $26,000 from individual donations. In October, Mancini created a GoFundMe account with a goal of $250,000.Mancini intends to put the money...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators have agreed on a teacher pay raise plan, and it will head to Gov. Tate Reeves. The Republican governor said earlier this year that he would sign any teacher pay raise bill that lands on his desk. House Bill 852 would give most teachers a $1,000 pay raise. Newer teachers would get $1,100. The House passed the final version of the bill Thursday, agreeing to changes made by the Senate. Mississippi has long had some of the lowest teacher salaries in the nation. According to the Southern Regional Education Board, the average teacher salary in the U.S. for 2018-19 was $62,304. For Mississippi, the average was $45,105. The current pay raise proposal is similar to one that stalled last year after the coronavirus pandemic created uncertainty about state spending. Legislators are in the final weeks of their three-month session, and they are preparing to set budgets for state agencies for the year that begins July 1. They had to agree on a teacher pay plan as part of the decision-making process for education spending....
    Parents, students and teachers in Maryland’s largest school system are concerned a return to in-person teaching would put students and staff at risk of contracting the coronavirus, even if schools in Montgomery County follow guidelines for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They submitted testimony ahead of Tuesday’s Montgomery County Board of Education meeting. The Montgomery County Board of Education released its draft plan for the 2020-2021 school year online this weekend, providing for “blended learning” schedules with teachers in the building four out of five days and students on rotation in small groups. It also includes an all-online plan. Among those opposed was teacher Christina Vivian, who explained that even under the proposal for “blended” learning, teachers would risk exposure to a large number of students by being the classroom four days a week. Vivian also expressed concern about the restricted bus service. Buses would carry just 12 students per bus, and the school system is asking those who can arrange alternate transportation to do so. “By not busing the entirety of the population, you put many students...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Wednesday, allocating an additional $500 million for teachers’ salaries, bumping Florida up from the 26th average teacher salary in the nation to the No. 5 ranking. In a move that DeSantis says he hopes will attract more people into becoming teachers, he has increased the base salary of Florida’s K-12 teachers to start at $47,500 a year. “This is a really big day for teacher’s compensation and we look forward to getting it to the teachers,” DeSantis said Wednesday. FLORIDA'S DESANTIS HAS 'GRIM REAPER' THREAT FOR BUSINESSES DEFYING CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONSOf the allotted $500 million, $100 million will go to experienced teachers who already make more than the average minimum salary. The average teacher’s salary during the years 2017-2018 was $37,636, according to the National Education Association. “Obviously you're not going to get rich doing it, just like police officers don't get rich, just like other things,” DeSantis said. “You do it because you have a servant's heart." The bill also ensures that a school district cannot lower a teacher’s annual salary below the base minimum....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference in Hialeah Gardens Wednesday afternoon to sign a bill giving new teachers more money in the fall. The bill authorizes $500 million to boost starting teacher pay. The governor also said $100 million had been approved to boost the salaries of existing teachers who make the minimum. The signing of the legislation was greeted by enthusiastic applause by those in attendance. The event was held at the Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School.
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