January 2012 Archives

Obama proposed a new teacher-quality program, but it's unclear as yet whether this is a new idea or a revamp of older proposals.

A pair of new reports outlines how districts can think about using revised teacher evaluation systems to improve the quality of the teaching force.

At Day Two of the U.S. Department of Education teacher-preparation negotiated-rulemaking session, negotiators dealt with a fresh host of issues, including the always-tricky area of scope: whether the Education Department risks overextending its authority in some of its areas. As with our Day One coverage, I'll attempt here to give you a rundown of the key themes and points of tension. That way, when the proposed rules come out, we'll be able to try to connect the dots between the discussions and the language put out by the department and the negotiators. If this is all too wonky and ...

Federal negotiators wrestle with rulemaking that governs reporting on teacher-preparation programs.

As you may know, I'm tied up covering teacher-education rulemaking this morning. Fortunately, State EdWatch's Sean Cavanagh has some important news for you on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bold attempt to spur teacher-evaluation reform in the state by conditioning state aid on the finalization of such systems. Sean writes: As part of his budget plan, Cuomo said that school districts will not be eligible for a boost in funding he's offering unless they have implemented the new teacher-evaluation process by Jan. 17, 2013. (See page 27 of the budget document.) In order for that to happen, the state and ...

A new labor agreement could help the state save its $75 million Race to the Top award after the U.S. Department of Education threatened to take the money away for missing key milestones.

AFT has concerns about ESEA fiscal-equity proposals.

New York City schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has lobbed the next volley in an escalating conflict with the teachers' union over a new evaluation system.

The U.S. Department of Education has selected the panelists who will write new regulations for the reporting requirements for teacher preparation programs.

House Republicans want to limit spending on class size reduction to 10 percent of a district's Title II allocation, something not likely to please teachers' unions.

Dennis Van Roekel responds to criticism from members about an op-ed he penned with TFA's Wendy Kopp.

States, institutions, and the federal government are starting to generate new data on teacher education to meet the requirements of the Higher Education Act's 2008 rewrite.


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