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September 16, 2011

Mich. Proposal Limits Automatic Dues to Teachers' Unions

Michigan's House of Representatives narrowly approves a measure that prevents school districts from arranging automatic paycheck deductions for teachers' union dues.

August 25, 2011

New York Court Sides with Union in Teacher Evaluation Dispute

A judge ruled that New York state officials exceeded the parameters of a new law in establishing regulations designed to tie student test scores to teacher evaluations.

August 23, 2011

Eighteen States Changed Tenure Laws in 2011, Report Says

Eighteen states approved laws in 2011 that in some way changed the rules on how teachers are granted tenure, according to the Education Commission of the States.

August 15, 2011

Indiana Voucher Program Draws Applicants, Despite Legal Uncertainty

A new Indiana private school voucher program has drawn 2,800 applicants, the majority of them from low-income backgrounds.

August 09, 2011

Sacramento Mayor Says City Officials Can Lead on Literacy

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who also happens to be Michelle Rhee's fiancee, says mayors can play an active role in promoting literacy, even without mayoral control.

July 12, 2011

Calculating the Savings From Ending Last-in, First-Out

A pair of authors examined Washington state data on teacher layoffs and found that districts wouldn't have to give nearly as many teachers the boot, if they did not protect jobs based on seniority.

July 05, 2011

Michelle Rhee Touts the DREAM Act

Michelle Rhee, the former District of Columbia schools chancellor, says the DREAM Act, which has stalled in Congress, is "good for kids and good for our country."

June 29, 2011

New York Teachers' Union Sues Over Evaluations

The New York State United Teachers organization says teacher-evaluation measures approved by the state's board of regents violate a state law approved last year.

June 15, 2011

Parent Triggers Go the Slow Road

More than a dozen states have introduced "parent trigger" laws this year, but only a few of them have made it into law or stand a chance of success during these legislative sessions.

June 15, 2011

What's Next for Wisconsin Districts, Following Court Decision?

Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld a new law law that restricts collective bargaining for teachers and many other public employees s districts brace for budget and labor challenges..

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