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


The NEA applauds the Obama administration's desire to fund local school districts with any additional Race to the Top funding.


A Republican budget proposal would preserve the $2.9 billion state teacher quality formula grant program.


What would happen on the ground if Tennessee lawmakers pass a bill to eliminate collective bargaining for teachers?


Every time you turn around these days it seems that another piece of legislation is introduced by state lawmakers that would seriously affect teachers and their unions. Colleague Sean Cavanagh has a great round-up item up updating the scene in Wisconsin, Florida, and Indiana, among other places. If you're really getting into this, read an EdWeek update on collective bargaining, and another story from Sean earlier this year. Perhaps the most interesting development is happening in Wisconsin, where the state National Education Association affiliate says it's willing to work with lawmakers to craft new evaluation systems and pay reforms taking ...


The National Education Policy Center re-ran the data used in the Los Angeles Times teacher-rating project, and, using a different value-added model, reached quite different conclusions.


Many items pile up each week that I just don't have time to delve into in as much depth as I'd like. But they're the things that made me sit up and take note and will inform future coverage. So, without further ado, here is some of what I've been reading this week. Check these items out and let us all know what you make of them. • Education Sector put out a report about measuring the effectiveness of teacher preparation. It argues that federal reporting requirements designed to get at this question have been undermined and that states are doing...


Schoolwide bonus pay for teachers in New York City doesn't seem to boost student achievement as a general rule—and it also seems to dilute individual incentives for boosting achievement growth. But in those schools with high levels of teacher collaboration, it might have some slight benefits, concludes a new study by two Columbia University economists.


Florida lawmakers reintroduced a bill that would make changes to teacher pay, this time including more safeguards and involving teachers in early negotiations.


Whether you love or hate the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's work in education, it has become an influential part of the education policy world, specifically in discussions about teacher quality. Some time ago, I interviewed Bill Gates while at the American Federation of Teachers conference, where he had come to address the union's delegates. We spoke about the foundation's $500 million Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching project and the $45 million Measures of Effective Teaching study. I apologize to all for taking so long to transcribe this for you, but a funny thing happened on my way to the keyboard, ...


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