December 2010 Archives

NEA's Wilson Shares His Post-'Retirement' Plans

John Wilson, who will retire from the NEA in August, plans to start a blog and advise politicians and political candidates, among other activities.

NEA Executive John Wilson to Retire, Union Watchdog Reports

By Guest Blogger Erik Robelen Update (4:50pm): The NEA has confirmed that John Wilson will retire from the national union in August. I'll be writing a follow-up post later drawing on an interview I just had with him. Below is my original post: John Wilson, who has served as the National Education Association's executive director for a decade, is planning to retire in August, according to a blog post by Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel has named John Stocks, currently the union's deputy executive director, to fill the post, Antonucci says. I've ...

Teacher Beat Takes a Holiday Break

Well, readers, Teacher Beat is taking a short break for the holidays. Though I won't be posting much until after the New Year, feel free to send comments, tips, and story ideas my way (click below my picture to the right to send me an e-mail). All my best wishes to you this holiday season, Stephen...

Tenure Reform Still On Agendas

Even post-Race to the Top, state and local proposals to revise tenure are still cropping up, suggesting the issue will be on the table in 2011.

Friday Reading List: PAR, Appropriations, UTLA, Teacher Ed.

Peer-review programs, the federal ed. budget fight, UTLA's bargaining priorities and teacher-education reform have all been in the news of late.

Senate Committee Seeks Tweaks to TIF, Alternative Certification

A Senate committee envisions changes to the Teacher Incentive Fund and the "highly qualified" teacher requirements in the No Child Left Behind law.

Improvements Cited in Reform-Funded Calif. Schools

The California Teachers' Association claims early successes in QEIA schools, but researchers say it's hard to prove.

NEA Announces Picks for Teacher-Effectiveness Panel

The National Education Association has picked 21 educators to craft recommendations for the union on teacher effectiveness.

Comparing Teacher Effectiveness in High- and Low-Poverty Schools

A new report has some surprising findings about teacher effectiveness in low-poverty v. high-poverty schools.

Paying for Master's Degrees: Are There Alternatives?

If education moves away from granting pay increases for holding a master's degree, what will take its place?

Rhee Begins New Ed. Reform Group

Former District of Columbia schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has announced the launch of a new public education reform coalition called Students First.

Friday Reading List: TFA in Tenn., Rhee's New Gig, Mich. Evaluations

Top stories for you to peruse this Friday.

Saunders Wins D.C. Union Election

Nathan Saunders eked out a win over incumbent George Parker in a very tight and contentious race for the presidency of the Washington Teachers' Union.

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