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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.

July 08, 2013

Unions Are Right on Common-Core Standards

Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers support Common Core State Standards, and both unions call for a moratorium on high stakes testing until initial implementation of these standards is successful.

May 16, 2013

There Is Only One Effective Teacher Evaluation

Teacher evaluations that are being perpetrated on teachers by politicians and reformers are wrong-headed. Peer Assistance and Review programs offer the best method that assure teacher quality.

April 29, 2013

Teachers Need So-Called Tenure More Than Ever

Teachers need fair employment and dismissal procedures or so-called tenure because so much concentration on high stakes testing has distorted the practice of teaching. Politicians need to assure good teachers that they will not be subjected to personal, political, arbitrary, and capricious decisions not to mention nepotism.

February 25, 2013

You Better Start Listening to Teachers

The MetLife American Teacher Survey presented insight into the problems with teacher job satisfaction, and the frustration that is building with the bureaucratic intrusions into the demands on teachers today.

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.

December 19, 2012

Teachers Deserve Higher Salaries With Those Standards

For the last decade, the salaries of teachers have increased only 3.4 per cent when you factor in inflation. It is time to prioritize higher salaries with those higher standards.

September 25, 2012

Teacher Town Hall Exposes Reform Challenges

Teachers are fascinating people---especially when they get a chance to express their sincere beliefs about reform and the impact of that reform on their students and themselves. They are honest, insightful, and passionate about what they do. In these times, they are also a little fed up with the tol...

September 17, 2012

Yes, Teachers Do Have A Breaking Point

We all remember the scene in the movie Network where a character throws open the window, sticks his head out, and yells, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Last week, about 30,000 educators in Chicago came to a similar breaking point. It was a fascinating week for watchers an...

August 22, 2012

New Poll Shows Public Confidence in Teachers

Today, the 44th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released. While the poll shows considerable division reflective of the current polarization in our country, one area of consensus was trust and confidence in our teachers. The report published ab...

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