November 2011 Archives

L.A. Pact Would Offer Contract, Hiring Flexibility

Certain schools in Los Angeles would gain new freedom to hire teachers in their building, to avoid certain district directives, and to cancel parts of the teachers' contract under a new agreement brokered by the school district and its local teachers' union.


States' ESEA Waiver Bids Murky on Teacher Evaluations

Only five of the 11 states that have applied for ESEA waivers have a firm mechanism in place for implementing teacher-evaluation systems statewide, according to a review of the plans.


ASU Reforms Elementary Ed. Content Coursework

Arizona State University is coupling its revamping of student teaching with more content coursework for elementary teachers.


UTLA President Responds to Members' Evaluation Push

UTLA's president responds to an initiative by members to force a teacher-evaluation vote.


EdWeek Unveils Special Report on Labor-Management Collaboration

EdWeek unveils its new special report on labor-management collaboration.


Student Achievement, Observations Correlated in Chicago Pilot

Both a value-added method and a series of observations identified the same teachers as particularly high or low-performing under Chicago's teacher-evaluation pilot, a new study concludes.


L.A. Teachers Seek to Put Evaluations to a Referendum

Los Angeles teachers plan to force a referendum on evaluation reform within their teachers' union.


ESEA Amendment Would Alter Teacher-Quality Allocations

An ESEA amendment stands to have a major impact on how teacher-quality funds are distributed.


National Board Names New President

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has named Ronald Thorpe as its new president and CEO.


Unions Court 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters

Teachers' unions are among the groups that have been actively involved in supporting the Occupy Wall Street protests that have sprung up in U.S. cities from coast to coast.


Teacher Evaluations in Los Angeles Headed to the Courts?

A group of Los Angeles parents are threatening to sue the school district unless it begins to conduct teacher evaluations that comply with state law.


Teacher Bonuses in Idaho Linked to Parental Engagement

Some Idaho districts are basing teacher bonuses on their ability to engage parents.


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