New Tennessee teacher salary plan raises ire

New Tennessee teacher salary plan raises ire

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Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman (source: Tennessee Dept. of Education) Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman (source: Tennessee Dept. of Education)

NASHVILLE (AP) - A decision by the state Board of Education to change how teachers are paid has led to a social media push to remove Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

The Tennessean reports the creation of two Facebook pages calling for Huffman's ouster as well as a Change.org petition that has hundreds of signatures.

Huffman's ouster would be unlikely, as Gov. Bill Haslam, state education board chairman Fielding Rolston and outside education advocates came to his defense. Rolston noted it was the board's decision, not Huffman's.

The board approved the changes last month after supporters and opponents argued for two hours over the matter. The measure changes the minimum teacher salary schedule, reduces steps in salary increases from 21 to four and eliminates incentives for doctorate degrees and post-master's training.

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