ERIC Number: ED444961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on Legislation Affecting Teachers in SREB States.
Smith, Christine L.
This report highlights Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states' recent legislation affecting teachers. Section 1 examines teacher licensure and certification, looking at such action taken by states as requiring teachers to know how to use technology in order to get or renew licenses and addressing the issue of teachers' content knowledge in the subjects they teach. This section also discusses national certification. Section 2 looks at teacher recruitment, focusing on alternative certification programs, critical teacher shortage areas, and low-performing schools. Section 3 discusses teacher performance and pay, explaining that SREB states are focusing on creative, fair, effective evaluations of teachers and on providing assistance to teachers with unsatisfactory performance. States are also working to increase salaries for new and veteran teachers and to reward teachers who accept additional responsibilities. Section 4 examines support for teachers, noting that states are making considerable efforts to support new teachers through mentor programs and to provide all teachers with professional development opportunities. Section 5 looks at other actions taken by local school boards. Section 6 describes upcoming studies on the issue. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alternative Teacher Certification, Educational Legislation, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Mentors, State Legislation, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Shortage, Teaching Skills
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318; Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.