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Do you agree with state’s changes in teachers’ pay?

Staff Report • Jul 12, 2013 at 8:36 AM

A campaign has been launched on social media to put Tennessee’s commissioner of education out of a job. The (Nashville) Tennessean reported this week that at least two Facebook pages and a website have been created urging Gov. Bill Haslam to remove Kevin Huffman from his position.The call for Huffman’s ouster follows a decision by the Tennessee Board of Education last month to make major changes to the way teachers are paid in this state. The board’s action changes the minimum teacher salary schedule, reduces steps in salary increases from 21 to four and eliminates financial incentives for doctorate degrees and post-master’s training.Under the revised pay plan, no teacher could earn less than he or she currently earns and the step pay raises usually received at six years and 11 years of experience are maintained.The Tennessee Education Association and Democrats in the state General Assembly oppose the changes. State Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Knoxville Democrat who is also a teacher, said she opposes the pay plan because it eliminates most raises for teachers who have years of experience and who have earned advanced degrees. You can Sound off on this topic by telling us what you think. Do you agree with the changes the state Board of Education have made to the way teachers are paid in Tennessee? Send your comments to Mailbag, Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or mailbag@johnsoncitypress.com. Include your name, telephone number and address for verification. We will print your responses on Opinion pages in the coming weeks.

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