New York Budget Agreement Brings Changes, Uncertainty on Teacher Issues

The tentative framework would tighten tenure and dismissal processes and require the state education department to develop a new teacher-evaluation system.


GAO: A Third of TEACH Grants Convert to Loans. But Why?

The federal watchdog agency concludes the Education Department isn't doing enough to answer that question.


In New York, Lawmakers Debate Yet Another Commission on Teacher Evaluation

In the fallout from his controversial proposal to tie increased education aid to policy shifts, Gov. Cuomo is eyeing a panel to rewrite teacher-evaluation rules.


Via Buyouts, N.Y.C.'s 'Absent Teacher Reserve' Pool Shrinks

About 290 teachers have been removed from a costly pool of teachers who are on the city payroll but don't have permanent jobs.


Duncan: Teacher Preparation Lacks Resources, Focus

The education secretary gave his own efforts to improve teacher preparation a "low grade" so far.


Judge: Lawsuit Targeting N.Y. Teacher Tenure May Continue

Unions say they'll appeal a Staten Island judge's decision March 12 to permit a challenge to the state's teacher-employment protections to move forward.


Connecticut Union Offers Proposal to End Common-Core Tests

The Connecticut Education Association would scrap the Smarter Balanced assessments and replace them with a series of shorter progress tests.


Students May Benefit From Teachers Who Are the Same Race, Study Finds

Black and low-performing students seemed to gain most from having a teacher of the same race, it concludes.


Unions, Charter Supporters Eyeing Los Angeles Board Runoffs

The fallout from runoff elections, to be held in May, could influence contract negotiations with the city teachers' union.


Illinois Unions Sue Governor Over Cancellation of 'Fair Share' Fees

The lawsuit in Illinois comes as other states contemplate "right to work" actions and the U.S. Supreme Court mulls over whether to take a challenge to the fees.


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