March 2011 Archives

Unions are fighting back against bills pending in state legislatures around the nation that seek to curb or eliminate such things as collective bargaining, automatic-dues deduction, or strikes, as I report in this week's edition of Education Week. They're using a variety of tools, which include everything from lobbying to lawsuits. One aspect I didn't have much space to write about in the story deserves some special attention: efforts in Wisconsin to recall eight Republicans. Campaign-finance laws forbid dues money from being used for campaigns and elections; they have to come out of PACs, and union sources I spoke to ...


Former D.C. Chancellor and union critic Michelle Rhee says she supports teachers' right to bargain


Few NBCTs have transferred to "challenging" schools in Washington state, a report concludes.


A report analyzes the "diversity gap" between white and minority teacher candidates on licensing tests.


Teachers and parents hold rather different opinions about aspects of teacher quality, such as whether student growth ought to be a key part of measuring teacher effectiveness, a new survey finds.


A report explores the first year of data from D.C.'s IMPACT teacher evaluation system.


Teachers in Wisconsin and Idaho consider early retirement in the wake of recently passed bills to curb bargaining and change pay or benefit structures.


By guest blogger Liana Heitin Here in New York at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession, education leaders from 16 nations came to the roundtable (literally, it was a large one) to share ideas and experiences on how to improve teaching. But while participants spoke in broad terms about improving the profession, they offered few concrete policy ideas for doing so. The event included representatives from the usual players when it comes to international comparisons, including Finland, Singapore, and Canada. Several countries that have not commonly been part of the conversation also participated, including Estonia, Slovenia, Poland, and China. ...


A bill to eliminate teacher tenure and require districts to institute merit pay keyed to teacher evaluation awaits the signature of Fla. Gov. Rick Scott's desk.


Two reports released today in conjunction with the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York highlight the lessons the United States can take from other countries' reform efforts.


EdWeek has put out a package of Commentaries about Teach For America to coincide with its 20th anniversary.


Utah is poised to bar teacher layoffs based on seniority criteria.


Many organizations, including teachers unions, are joining the battle against bullies.


New York City's now defunct schoolwide performance-pay program didn't increase student learning in any statistically meaningful way, according to a new study.


Through a regulatory overhaul, a legislative proposal, and its budget request, the Obama administration is pushing for outcomes-based reforms of teacher education.


Former Teach For America executive vice president for public affairs Kevin Huffman was today named the new commissioner of education in Tennessee.


Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is close to approving a bill that would permit participants in new alternative routes to teach on imited two-year licenses without going through traditional preparation programs.


Bill Gates discussed tying class sizes to teacher effectiveness at the NGA's winter meeting, and got a positive reaction from the governors.


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