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Weighing Professional Development in a Tight Budget

A story out of Syracuse, N.Y., outlines an interesting and relevant conundrum: When district budgets get tight, should you keep as many teacher jobs as possible—or let some folks go in order to preserve the training that's supposed to help those who keep their jobs do their best work? That appears to be the dilemma in Syracuse, where Superintendent Sharon Conteras and several of the education policy commissioners want to prioritize investments in professional development. Sounds great, right? The catch is that hundreds of employees lost their jobs last year, and the article notes that it's not clear...


The Transparency Wars: AFT and StudentsFirst

AFT's anti-Rhee website is criticized, as is StudentsFirst reticence about its fundraising.


Changes on the Horizon for TIF?

For the next round of the federal Teacher Incentive Fund grants, the U.S. Department of Education plans to make some alternations to program, officials said this week at a meeting of TIF grantees.


Teacher-Coaching Boosts Secondary Scores, Study Finds

A professional-development intervention for teachers based on a well known teaching framework pays dividends for student achievement, according to a study published today in Science magazine.


Randi Weingarten for Chancellor?

What would happen if New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg installed American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten as the city's school chancellor?


Urban Cities Group Backs Education School Review

The Council of the Great City Schools has endorsed a controversial review of teacher preparation programs.


AFT Criticized for Parent-Trigger Presentation

A presentation by an AFT affiliate on a "parent trigger" bill has drawn controversy.


TFA Selection Criteria Linked to Student Gains

Aspects of Teach For America's selection process appear to be linked to student achievement gains.


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