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The Beacon technology blog is offering k-12 teachers a chance to compete for six grants that they can use to buy supplies and materials for technological-related classroom instruction. The grant awards range from $500 to $1,000.

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Officials with an organization in South Carolina that tracks recruitment and retention efforts of teachers statewide say more needs to be done to stem the state’s growing teacher shortage.

 A national organization that biennially rates teacher preparation programs across the country was itself evaluated by UNC Chapel Hill researchers. The outcome was not so good.

Lisa Miller

Seventeen Charlotte Mecklenburg schools are about to try something different when it comes to staffing.  Schools will pay a handful of the best teachers up to $23,000 extra.  They won’t teach one particular class or grade.  They’ll coach other teachers and pick up lessons around the school. 

Lisa Miller

Next year North Carolina teachers will no longer get a 10 percent automatic pay hike for earning their master’s degrees.  So the race is on for those teachers in graduate programs right now. Universities are trying to give them every chance to complete their master’s degree before the cutoff date for pay increases next year. 

A couple years ago CMS was charging full steam ahead with a plan to pay teachers based partly on their students’ performance.  But it upset so many teachers and parents, the district put a halt to it.  Now, CMS officials are reviving the idea and trying hard to avoid past missteps.  They’ve asked teachers to begin working on another plan. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to discuss the latest efforts.

RUMSEY: Lisa, why is CMS talking about this issue again?