July 2013 Archives

The Walton Foundation re-ups its support for Teach For America.

An update on the Gates Foundation's grantmaking in the teacher world, from unions to the National Board.

The action comes on top of other major policy changes in the Tarheel state.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $15 million to support new systems for supporting teachers on the job in three districts.

The precise scope of testing varies by district, but there's one common element: It's expensive and pervasive, says a new AFT report.

Teacher Beat previews and analyzes a speech and poll to be released today by the American Federation of Teachers.

House education committee Chairman John Kline has reversed course on mandatory teacher evaluations in an NCLB renewal bill to secure support for the measure.

Education advocacy groups are staking out positions on potential changes to how teachers are evaluated, during Congress' ongoing debate over reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

A summary of the key teacher-related provisions in the House education committee's bill to revise the ESEA.

The American Federation of Teachers and the Education Trust don't see eye-to-eye on many things, but in a new ad campaign, they agree that an ESEA-renewal proposal would weaken education standards for poor children.

The Boston district won't turn over teacher-evaluation data to a city newspaper.

Tennessee is the latest state to require teacher compensation to factor in performance, not just experience and credentials.

Wrapping up his coverage from the NEA convention, Stephen Sawchuk leaves you with these final figures to consider.

Delegates voted down an item calling on the NEA to consider the pros and cons of a merger with the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers.

A to-be-updated tally of the most interesting new business items passed by the Representative Assembly.

A Storify walks you through the workings of the National Education Association's annual Representative Assembly.

The training and qualifications of educators, balance of face-to-face to online learning, and role of technology tools are discussed in the NEA's new statement.

NEA committees will continue to be dominated by teachers.

The union's delegates approved a $3 dues increase to support a new fund for innovative projects.

There were some prominent no-shows at the NEA's award ceremonies this year.

The NEA now has just under 3 million members, according to two calculations.

An internal conflict in NEA's Georgia affiliate has spilled over to the Representative Assembly.

The NEA approves an item to beef up its support of the Common Core State Standards, but it also calls for a moratorium on consequences from tests aligned to them.

With its focus on teacher and school quality, the NEA President's keynote speech lays the groundwork for debate on a proposed dues increase.

The common core will be a focus of discussion—and possibly debate—at this year's Representative Assembly.

Over the past three years, the National Education Association has lost about 234,000 members, of which 201,000 are classroom teachers.

All the news from the teachers' union convention that will provide a picture of the state of the union starts tomorrow.


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