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February 05, 2018

Here's How States Are Using Title II Funds to Strengthen the Teaching Profession

A new Center for American Progress report looks at how states are planning to use their Title II, Part A funds—money that could be at risk in Congress' final budget.

December 22, 2017

Salaries, Taxes, and Best Places to Live: Teacher Beat's Top Stories for 2017

Looking across the most-read pieces on the Teacher Beat blog this year, a theme emerges right away: money.

December 19, 2017

Teacher Performance Pay Boosts Student Scores (and 5 Other Study Takeaways)

The final results of a federal study on performance pay are in—and it looks like giving teachers bonuses led to slightly better math and reading results from students.

December 18, 2017

$250 Teacher Tax Deduction Here to Stay in Final GOP Bill

The final tax bill that's likely to get passed by both houses of Congress maintains the $250 tax deduction teachers can use for classroom supplies, and yet teachers' unions are finding that little consolation.

December 02, 2017

Teacher Tax Deduction Could Double to $500 Under Approved Senate Bill

The version of the tax bill passed by the Republican-led Senate would double the amount teachers can deduct for classroom supplies.

November 14, 2017

States' ESSA Plans Fall Short on Educator Equity, NCTQ Analysis Finds

More than half of the state plans fail to publicly report data on educator equity gaps, the National Council of Teacher Quality found in its analyses.

November 03, 2017

Teachers Would Lose $250 Deduction for Classroom Materials Under GOP Tax Bill

The tax bill proposed by Republican leaders scraps a benefit that many teachers have come to rely on: the $250 "educator expense deduction," which can be used to recoup the cost of classroom materials.

October 23, 2017

Gates Ends Investment in Teacher Evaluation: What That Means for the Field

Some states are already backing off of linking student test scores to teacher evaluations--but it's not because the Gates funding stream is ending.

July 30, 2017

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Science Educators Lack Training in Their Subjects

The finding was part of a new study that looks at whether the No Child Left Behind reduced the practice of out-of-field teaching in science classrooms.

July 13, 2017

$2 Billion for Teacher Training, Salaries Eliminated in House Budget Plan

The plan released by the U.S. House of Representatives differs from President Trump's proposal in many ways, except this glaring one: It would also eliminate Title II funds that go toward teacher professional development.

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