The importance of the distinction between RIF notices, layoffs, and job losses is also one of the startling findings from our study: most classroom teachers who received a RIF notice were not actually laid off during the Great Recession and did not actually lose their jobs.
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The entrenched lore that we lose half of our teachers after five years is repeated as fact again and again. Surely our level of concern about the "looming teacher shortage" ought to cool down.
August 06, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) case could send shock-waves through the teaching profession and empower teachers to make educated decisions about union membership.
August 05, 2015
The outdated union model is harming students and alienating a rapidly changing workforce. Fortunately, more and more classroom teachers are embracing policies that put students and professionalism first.
August 04, 2015
It's high time that true professionalism is embraced as an essential part of the education reform movement, and AAE is the change we need.
August 03, 2015
"YES, I am a teacher in a charter school!" These words can be controversial in some circles, but here's why I've chosen this path.
July 31, 2015
I'm going to take a blog break in August, but while I'm away, I'll be leaving you in some exceptionally capable hands.
May 21, 2015
Montana has proven to me that if you focus on serious school improvements, your students will shine. No need to go all the way to Finland.
May 20, 2015
Parents should have a big say in their children's education, but opt out alone won't solve the broader problem of too much testing.
May 19, 2015
The goal of education is to give students a better chance at a good life, not just a good job. Testing will not solve all our problems.