By guest blogger Liana Heitin In a vague press release, the National Education Association announced that it has linked up with the Alexandria public schools in Virginia to review the district's employee-compensation model, claiming this to be "a first of its kind partnership." Superintendent Morton Sherman cleared things up for me in a phone interview, explaining that the partnership evolved from a casual conversation he had with NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. At the time, Sherman, who emphasizes that he is firmly against merit pay because there have been "too many failed experiments" with it, said he was "looking for ...


A draft bill by Senate Education Chairman Tom Harkin would require states and districts to revamp teacher evaluations.


Fran Tarkenton, a Hall-of-Fame NFL quarterback, says teacher tenure gives employees no incentive to exceed expectations and perform better.


By Guest Blogger Liana Heitin Stephen thought his readers would be interested in a post over at Teaching Now about new-teacher induction. At a conference in Washington on Tuesday sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, advocates for strengthening new-teacher supports gathered in an effort to shift the teacher-effectiveness discourse—at least for the moment—from evaluation to induction, with some arguing that reform efforts should focus on developing great teachers rather than laying off ineffective ones. Read the rest of the post here....


Teach For America founder and CEO Wendy Kopp and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel had a substantive discussion about the teaching profession today, showing that while some of their strategies for improving it may differ, they're on the same page on many issues.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this morning formally announced a series of proposals to overhaul teacher education practices in the United States.


For an agency that was so specific about what it wanted to see in the teacher-quality portions of the Race to the Top program, the U.S. Department of Education has put out guidance on waivers that's surprisingly general in the teacher quality arena.


In many ethnically diverse school districts across the country, teachers in schools that serve more African-American and Latino students are paid significantly less than teachers in other schools, federal data show.


Teachers who leave the profession after their third or fourth year tend to be less effective in that final year of teaching compared to professionals who stay on, according to a provocative new study.


Three groups recently released briefs on teacher evaluation systems.


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