June 2012 Archives

AFT proposes a "bar exam" for teachers, but details remain sketchy.

It's that time of year again, folks! This weekend begins our annual coverage of the National Education Association's Representative Assembly, the time when thousands of delegates descend on a city to debate everything from teacher evaluations to latex. Add a pinch of confetti, a dash of line-dancing, stir well, what fun. This year's NEA convention will be right here in the District of Columbia, as it always is during presidential election years. (This has got to be a not-so-subtle reminder for the president about the power all those potential boots-on-the-ground can have during the election season.) Here's a list of ...

This post originally appeared on Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog. To boost teacher retention and student achievement at high-poverty schools, states and districts must first look to improve working conditions for teachers, concludes a new report by The Education Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit group. The report profiles five school districts that have focused efforts on bettering teacher support and development—specifically by strengthening leadership and encouraging professional collaboration—and have shown promising or positive gains as a result. The report follows on the heels of the recent annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, which found that teacher ...

Efforts to change process for dismissing teachers accused of misconduct in California and in New York State have both hit major roadblocks, illuminating the degree to which this difficult area of policy remains a contentious and highly political one.

The Illinois state board of education has held fast to a rigorous cutoff score on its basic-skills test, which all prospective teacher candidates are required to pass before enrolling in a teacher preparation program.

Education advocacy group StudentsFirst seems to have raised about $7.6 million between its founding in October 2010 and July 2011, according to tax forms released today by the group.

Online petition website Change.org has agreed to take down petitions sponsored by two education advocacy groups, after complaints from labor groups that the groups aren't aligned with progressive values.

The American Federation of Teachers, in partnership with British technology and publishing firm TSL Education have invested $10 million together in an online repository of lesson plans, tools, and supports aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association and Stand For Children have compromised on a bill to reduce the weight of seniority in the Bay State.

The Los Angeles school districts must link personnel evaluations to student achievement, according to a tentative court ruling.

UPDATED Chicago teachers are currently voting on whether to authorize a strike in the Windy City, in a closely watched process that could shape the future of proposed education changes in the district. If it passes, the vote doesn't mean teachers are to start forming the picket lines imminently. But it does allow the union's governing body to set a date for a strike, and it will provide a temperature of the city's teaching force. Many teachers are upset about the district's proposal to extend the school day and to raise salaries by just 2 percent over the next two ...

A high-powered group of advocacy organizations hopes to see more of the $2.5 billion currently spent by the Education Department to improve K-12 teaching reserved for a competition instead of doled out by formula.

News tidbits that were cut from our education-advocacy series are explored in this item.

The NEA has reached a tentative agreement with its in-house staff union.


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