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Salaries Not Keeping Pace with Inflation
Press article reports that in 2003-2004, the average teacher
salary edged up slightly to $46,752, but did not keep pace with
inflation. According to the National Education Association (NEA),
the nation’s largest teacher union, the average annual salary
increased 2.1%, while inflation rose at 3.3%. NEA indicates that
over the last decade, teacher salaries have remained flat, growing
just 2.9% in inflation-adjusted dollars.
ranged significantly from state to state. At the top of the scale,
Connecticut paid public school teachers an average yearly salary
of $57,337, followed by the District of Columbia at $57,009. South
Dakota paid the lowest average salary of $33,236, with Oklahoma
the next-to-last at $35,061.
of the annual report include:
- Average per
student spending for the 2003-04 school year rose 2.3% to $8,248—with
29 states below the average. The highest-ranking states were the
District of Columbia, New York, and Connecticut. The lowest were
Utah, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
- Public school
enrollment for Fall 2003 rose 0.7% to 48,132,518 students. The
fastest-growing student populations were in Nevada, Arizona, and
Florida. The largest decreases occurred in the District of Columbia,
North Dakota, Wyoming, and Vermont.
For more information,
go to http://www.nea.org/newsreleases/2005/nr050623.html.
Update: Funding for K-12 STEM Programs Cut
The Senate Appropriations
Committee cut funding for K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Math (STEM) programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF),
while a House panel establishes a commission to improve science
education.. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update
Adds Science Test to Graduation Requirement
In a 6 to 1
vote, last week the Massachusetts Board of Education added science
to the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) test,
which students will be required to pass before they graduate. The
requirement will first affect the class of 2010, which are this
year’s incoming eighth-graders. According to an article in
The Boston Globe, by making science a graduation requirement,
“Massachusetts is joining 13 others states that require the
tests or plan to do so soon.”
the Globe article, the tests are a mix of “multiple-
choice and open-ended questions and should draw from the knowledge
that students gain from experiments, textbooks, and lectures.”
Opinions about the tests have been mixed. Board members believe
the new requirement will focus more time and attention on science.
Opponents contend that teachers will focus too much time on test
preparation and cut out valuable time for experiments that help
students gain a deeper understanding of science. Others worry that
too many students will fail the test. To read The Boston Globe
article, go to http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/06/29/science_mcas_added_to_list.
Guide to School Science Facilities is July Online Book Special—Don’t
Plan to Build or Remodel Without this Definitive Reference, at 30%
role in building a school science facility—whether elementary,
middle, or high school—as teachers, curriculum leaders, school
administrators, facilities planners, and architects, this book from
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and includes sample timelines and budgets. Featuring photos, floor
plans, and full details on science rooms, labs, preparation rooms,
student project rooms, and their furnishings, NSTA Guide to
School Science Facilities includes a rich appendix, a glossary,
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go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
Biology, Science Curriculum Specialists, and Other Positions Open
These and other interesting positions are now available. Visit
the NSTA Career Center (http://careers.nsta.org)
for more information including our Career Advice Section, Success
Stories, and how to post your resume or a position. Don’t
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The July schedule
for NSTA Express will be minus one edition. In light of
the summer news lull and editors’ vacations, the next Express
will be issued on July 18, as we resume our regular weekly schedule.
Now that you
have time on your hands, take a look at NSTA's new topic-specific
SciGuides for classroom internet use... check out the demo and download
a free sample at http://www.nsta.org/main/SciGuides.
Blog with Science
and Children Online and Explore PreK-2 Science Learning in
"The Early Years" at http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog.
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