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November 04, 2013

TFA and Congressional Hypocrisy

The requirement of teachers being "highly qualified" under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has been rendered meaningless by the latest action of Congress. They inserted a "loophole" for Teach For America that basically makes everyone highly qualified when they are not.

July 22, 2013

Get the Feds Out of Teacher Evaluations

The amendment to the Student Success Act, the U.S. House re-authorization bill for ESEA, prohibits the federal government from mandating teacher evaluations. This should be applauded because the federal government has no business telling local employers how to evaluate their employees.

February 06, 2013

Today We Are All Garfield Teachers!

Today is the day all teachers stand with those at Garfield High School in Seattle,Washington in their refusal to administer the MAP test. This is ground zero for the civil disobedience that we will see across the nation as teachers expose the misuses of testing.

January 02, 2013

My Predictions for 2013

As we begin 2013, I offer ten predictions that involve education policy, practice, and politics.

March 12, 2012

Teacher Morale Plummets

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher confirms what we have known for the last two years--teachers have become less satisfied with their jobs. The survey statistics indicate that job satisfaction has dropped 15 points in the past two years, and now stands at 44 percent. This is the lowest level...

January 03, 2012

My Predictions for 2012

Happy New Year! As we approach this new year, many people will be making resolutions and anticipating what the new year will bring to education policy and politics. I am devoting this blog to my predictions for 2012. I invite you to share your predictions by making a comment or emailing me at john...

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