A story out of Syracuse, N.Y., outlines an interesting and relevant conundrum: When district budgets get tight, should you keep as many teacher jobs as possible—or let some folks go in order to preserve the training that's supposed to help those who keep their jobs do their best work? That appears to be the dilemma in Syracuse, where Superintendent Sharon Conteras and several of the education policy commissioners want to prioritize investments in professional development. Sounds great, right? The catch is that hundreds of employees lost their jobs last year, and the article notes that it's not clear...


AFT's anti-Rhee website is criticized, as is StudentsFirst reticence about its fundraising.


For the next round of the federal Teacher Incentive Fund grants, the U.S. Department of Education plans to make some alternations to program, officials said this week at a meeting of TIF grantees.


A professional-development intervention for teachers based on a well known teaching framework pays dividends for student achievement, according to a study published today in Science magazine.


What would happen if New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg installed American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten as the city's school chancellor?


The Council of the Great City Schools has endorsed a controversial review of teacher preparation programs.


A presentation by an AFT affiliate on a "parent trigger" bill has drawn controversy.


Aspects of Teach For America's selection process appear to be linked to student achievement gains.


By guest blogger Liana Heitin Four out of 10 new public school teachers hired since 2005 came through alternative teacher-preparation programs, according to a survey just released by the National Center for Education Information. That's up from 22 percent of new teachers hired between 2000 and 2004. In addition, the survey found that alternative-route teachers are more in favor of using reforms such as performance pay, elimination of tenure, tying student achievement to teacher evaluations, and market-driven pay to strengthen the teaching profession than are their traditionally prepared counterparts. However, nearly all teachers, regardless of certification route, support removing incompetent ...


The Walton Foundation will donate nearly $50 million to Teach For America.


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