AFT to Senate: Keep Paraprofessional Qualifications in NCLB Rewrite

The union says that removing the requirements for paraprofessionals in Title I schools could harm quality.


AFT Joins '21st Century Skills' Group

The AFT has joined a group supporting the so-called 21st century skills, whose efforts it once opposed.


Researchers Urge Consideration of Poverty in Teacher-Evaluation Systems

A forthcoming study from a University of Missouri team says that teacher evaluation should compare teachers and students in "equally circumstanced" schools.


NEA Calls for Opportunity 'Dashboards' in NCLB Rewrite

The NEA wants the next version of the law to require states and districts to issue "dashboards" depicting the extent to which traditionally underserved students have access to advanced courses, early-learning programs, and arts programming.


Despite Financial Woes, Philadelphia Can't Overrule Teachers' Contract, Judge Rules

A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Thursday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission does not have authority to unilaterally change the teacher contract and impose new terms.


California Districts Ignoring Teacher-Evaluation Law, Report Claims

Many California districts continue not to include student learning as a measure of teacher quality, a new report from the advocacy group EdVoice alleges.


AFT, Obama-Linked Think Tank Promote Annual Testing—With a Caveat

The American Federation of Teachers and the Center on American Progress say annual tests should be retained for reporting purposes, but scaled back for school-accountability purposes.


Teacher Dismissal on Trial: Your Primer to the New York Challenge

Today, a court will consider whether the Davids v. New York lawsuit, which seeks to overturn key sections of New York's tenure, layoff, and dismissal laws, will move forward.


Few Parents Examine N.Y. Teachers' Evaluation Scores

New York law has made it possible for parents to view the final score their students' teachers receive, but few are availing themselves of the opportunity.


Ed. Dept. Report on Alternative-Certification Teachers A Year Late

The Education Department has badly missed a deadline to prepare the congressionally mandated report.


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