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Salary Schedule Credit for Out-of-State Teaching Experience

Missouri is somewhat unique in that its two major metropolises both straddle state lines, with one part in Missouri and another in either Kansas or Illinois.  Due to this geo-political quirk, nearly all professionals in Missouri are faced with the decision of whether or not to secure a license or certificate in one of Missouri’s neighboring states.  A recent case from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals identifies another aspect of work that could be affected by crossing state lines: placement on salary schedules.  See Connelly v. Steel Valley Sch. Dist., No. 11-4206 (3d Cir. Jan. 24, 2013).

Hit the jump for the “Show Me” the money goodness (Was that a pun within a pun?? Yes it was)… Continue reading

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First Amendment Principles, or in this case Principal

One of the issues that teachers ask me about the most is what First Amendment speech rights public employees have.  Most of those individuals are then shocked when they realize just how limited the right really is.  The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently delivered just such a shock to a principal who was fired for trying to do the right thing.  See McArdle v. Peoria Sch. Dist., No. 11-2437 (7th Cir., Jan. 31, 2013).

Read on for more information but first… From my post last week, you may recall that this week is Missouri NEA’s Legal Week, where we provide free webinars on legal subjects to Missouri NEA members.  Conveniently, one of those presentations is a full primer on First Amendment rights of public employees that I put together with my coworker, Susan Wagner.  A recording of the presentation is available here and I definitely recommend checking it out to help understand all of the aspects of the case.

Without further ado, on to the case… Continue reading

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