State budget revisions eliminate externship plan

A requirement for teachers to do externships is gone and there's $80 million more for schools in amendments to the state budget but no news on graduation rates or evaluations as recommended by the Educator Standards Board on OTES. 

STRS eliminates COLA to protect pension

Faced with massive unfunded liabilities, the State Teachers Retirement Board in April voted to eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) starting July 1. Health care premiums for those covered by STRS are expected to increase as cost trends continue to go up.