September 2012 Archives

U.S. ED Unveils $290 Million in Performance-Pay Grants

The New Haven and Los Angeles United school systems are among the winners of new federal grants to support differentiated pay for teachers.

Report: Most Michigan Teachers Ace Reviews

Nearly all Michigan teachers from a sample of districts scored a rating of "effective" or higher on evaluations in 2011-12.

Democrats Introduce Bill to Overhaul Teacher Training

Democratic Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) have introduced companion bills that would reauthorize and make major changes to federal laws governing teacher preparation, including the reporting requirements, accountability provisions, and TEACH grant scholarship program.

Chicago Delegates Vote to Suspend Strike

Delegates to the Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday night to suspend the 7-day-old strike, tentatively approving a settlement brokered last weekend with the district.

Internal Disputes Complicate Chicago Union Delegates' Vote

CTU President Karen Lewis is facing internal division over a proposed agreement with the Chicago school district.

Rhee's StudentsFirst Names New, High-Profile Board

At long last, the education advocacy group begun by former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee has named a new, permanent board of directors. In addition to Rhee herself, the board members include: • comedian and school choice advocate Bill Cosby; • decorated television journalist Connie Chung; • Jennifer Johnson, an executive vice president and CEO for Franklin Resources, an investment-management organization; • former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein, now the CEO of News Corporation's Education Division; • Roland Martin, a syndicated journalist, columnist, and CNN analyst; • Jalen Rose, an ESPN/ABC analyst, philanthropist, and former pro basketball player who helped ...

Chicago Strike Still On as CTU Delegates Mull Deal

The union will continue its picketing as members digest details of a proposed contract with the district.

Framework for Chicago Pact in Place; Details in Question

Chicago's strike seems to be wrapping up as the district and the union outline an "agreement in principle."

Va. Hires Specialist to Follow Up on Teacher Sexual-Misconduct Cases

There's no guarantee that teachers involved in such incidents will lose their licenses, because teachers can move from district to district without disclosing the cases, so the state is moving to stop that from happening in the future.

Strike Issues Stuck in Gray Areas, Political Nuance

The parties in a Chicago strike disagree about whether teacher evaluation details can be bargained or not.

Waiting Games: Inside a Chicago 'Children First' School

Chicago UPDATED The city's 144 "Children First" schools have been the object of much interest over the course of the teachers' strike. The Chicago Board of Education is using some $25 million to keep students occupied—and out of trouble—at these schools, which are being staffed by principals, administrators, and parent and community volunteers. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to give remarks at one of them later today. The Chicago Teachers Union has blasted the program from the start, saying it sounded like a "train wreck" and that the students would be supervised by adults not trained to work ...

Chicago Teacher Strike, Day 2: Quick Updates

Teacher Beat cuts through the white noise to give you the most important updates from Day Two of the Chicago teachers' strike.

Questions Linger After Day 1 of Chicago Teachers' Strike

UPDATED Chicago teachers put down their placards at 6 pm, signalling the end of day one of the city's first teacher strike in 25 years. The district and the Chicago Teachers Union's negotiating teams met again today, but details of any progress were not forthcoming by late in the evening. UPDATED, 10:44 p.m. According to city and union officials speaking after negotiations ended, two major issues remain sticking points: "recall rights" for teachers displaced from their schools due to school closure or shakeups, and the weight given to student growth in an evaluation system. State law requires this ...

Chicago Strike Unfolds Amid Frustration, Confusion

Chicago The first strike in the Windy City in 25 years has begun, pitting Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a battle over wages and the city's policy direction as some 25,000 teachers took to the streets today. Union members began gathering as early as 6:30 this morning at the Chicago Board of Education's headquarters, located downtown in the city's Loop section. By 8:00 a.m., the picketers were in full swing, with union members, all dressed in CTU red, holding signs and chanting. "We need teachers, we need books; we need ...

Chicago Teachers Strike as Education Reform Tensions Boil Over

Chicago teachers will go on strike today.

Analysis Probes the Shape of the Teacher-Salary Schedule

A pair of researchers dig into the question of how the shape of salary schedules might affect student achievement.

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