Bill Gates discussed tying class sizes to teacher effectiveness at the NGA's winter meeting, and got a positive reaction from the governors.


As envisioned by the AFT, an improvement plan for teachers believed to be ineffective would include "clearly articulated measures of success, timelines, support needed, and periodic reviews."


The Education Trust and the Center for American Progress put out recommendations for ESEA's $3 billion Title II program.


I was traveling last week and am headed out again tomorrow, so the posting will probably be spotty here on the blog for a little while. Lots of other news on the teacher front to catch up with, so here are a few things that have caught my attention: • It looks like House Republicans have restored a planned cut to IDEA by proposing a $500 million cut from the $2.95 billion Title II teacher quality state grants program, Alyson Klein reports. A while back I suggested it was politically unpalatable to cut Title II, but I guess it's even...


Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offers more details about what it means to revisit things like seniority and layoff policies.


As they implement reforms, some districts now bargain informally on a monthly basis rather than every few years.


Among other things, the U.S. Secretary of Education called for more accountability for school boards and suggested that districts and unions rethink ways to recruit, retain and assign teachers, in a speech at the Denver union-management collaboration conference.


The U.S. Department of Education's labor-management collaboration conference kicks off today.


Last week Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet sent a letter to the Obama administration urging it to create a "presidential teacher corps" to help fulfill its goal of recruiting 100,000 new teachers in shortage fields over the next five years. Quite a while back, we here at Education Week wondered what kind of teacher-quality proposal Bennet, a Democrat and supposedly one of the administration's go-to senators on education, would put forth. At the time I suggested it might be similar to the "America's Teacher Corps" proposal put out by bunch of teacher-quality scholars last year. They suggested giving teachers a ...


In its fiscal 2010 budget proposal, the Obama administration again preposed combining a number of teacher-quality programs into three new competitive grants.


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