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June 12, 2014

What Should New Accountability Systems Emphasize and Measure?

A high-powered panel discussion in Washington focused on school and student accountability, but revealed disparate attitudes about the importance of testing.

June 09, 2014

Law Diminishing Kansas Labor Protections Challenged by Teachers' Union

The Kansas National Education Association is filing a legal challenge to a new law that eliminated due-process rights for state teachers.

May 30, 2014

N.Y. Union: Students Shouldn't Be "Unpaid Researchers" For New Tests

The N.Y. state teachers' union is now calling for an end to participation in field tests being administered by the Pearson testing company.

May 12, 2014

Contract Language May Save Due-Process Rights for Some Kansas Teachers

Due to their contract language with the local district, teachers in Wichita may be protected from a new Kansas law that ends due-process rights for K-12 educators.

May 07, 2014

Teachers' Union in Florida Fails in Bid to Overturn Evaluation System

Despite federal Judge Mark Walker's criticisms of Florida's evaluation system, he declined to strike it down, saying it was a legal method for judging teachers.

March 18, 2014

State Chiefs Spar with AFT and NEA Presidents Over Common Core

Leaders of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association voice sharp disagreement with state education chiefs about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

March 10, 2014

Another Helping of Hoosiers: Teacher Licensure, Common Core, and More

Issues that will occupy Indiana education officials include potentially problematic changes to teacher licensure, and a new state assessment to match Indiana's forthcoming new standards.

March 06, 2014

N.J. Union's Position on Testing and Evaluations Disingenuous, Chief Says

On the eve of his departure as New Jersey schools chief, Chris Cerf criticizes the state union's 'misinformation' on teacher evaluation.

February 20, 2014

Calling Common-Core Implementation 'Botched' NEA Calls for Changes

In another sign of unease about the common core from teachers' unions, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel has expressed concerns about how the standards have been introduced.

January 27, 2014

Idaho K-12 Chief Tom Luna Announces He Won't Seek Another Term in 2014

In not seeking a third term, Luna said he hopes that his decision means policy recommendations from a state task force stand a better chance of survival.

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