May 2012 Archives

An advocacy group releases a primer on 10 different teacher evaluation systems.

An architect of the common core helped get Michelle Rhee's advocacy group started and will step down from its board in June.

The Gates Foundation has granted $550,000 to the charitable arm of the National Education Association.

Education Week recently examined the rise of education advocacy groups in state and local politics. But other, lesser-known organizations are making their mark, too.

The national teacher-college accreditation body has approved its first nontraditional, non-university-based program.

Teacher Beat fact-checks the teacher portions of Mitt Romney's stump speech.

The AFT has convened a task force to make recommendations to improve teacher preparation.

The U.S. Department of Education has made available state-generated report cards on teacher preparation.

A handful of California parents have sued the state over five laws that allegedly concentrate poorly performing teachers in schools that primarily serve disadvantaged and minority students. Filed today in the California superior court, the lawsuit takes aim at California rules that: require tenure be granted after only two years, before a teacher's performance has been well documented; create some dozen steps in the due-process procedures for dismissing teachers for poor performance, which the plaintiffs say allows that process to drag on for months or years; and mandate that seniority serve the major factor (barring a few exceptions) in determining ...

A new teacher-licensing test is the target of a critical New York Times column.

A well known education school dean criticizes his field for not tackling program quality.

Universities, community colleges, and K-12 districts in 30 states announced plans this week to work together on redesigning secondary mathematics teacher preparation to align to the Common Core State Standards.

Layoffs by seniority continue to be one of the touchiest issues in teacher-quality policy, as recent action in Pittsburgh and Rhode Island show, often pitting teachers' unions against groups that argue that such rules negatively impact students by not taking performance into account. This week saw more action, this time at the state level, on this most sensitive of topics. In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, vetoed a bill that would have done away with seniority-based layoffs. Groups such as StudentsFirst and MinnCAN supported the measure, as did most Republicans, according to the Star-Tribune. As I've mentioned before, the ...


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