This post originally appeared on Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog. Campaign rally or Representative Assembly? At some points yesterday it was hard to tell. The 8,000 or so delegates of the nation's largest teachers' union gathered in Washington for their annual convention heard one message above all others: Vote for Obama in November. Just outside the assembly hall, attendees traded off Sharpees to write notes to the president on a massive banner entitled "NEA Educators for Obama." A portrait of Obama and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel hung above the hall entrance. The RA began in its usual ...

The NEA's priorities include reelecting President Obama and improving teacher professionalism.

The National Education Association has lost more than 100,000 members, and expects to lose even more in the future.

NEA makes its first payouts from its rejuvenated Ballot Initiative/Legislative Crisis fund.

AFT proposes a "bar exam" for teachers, but details remain sketchy.

It's that time of year again, folks! This weekend begins our annual coverage of the National Education Association's Representative Assembly, the time when thousands of delegates descend on a city to debate everything from teacher evaluations to latex. Add a pinch of confetti, a dash of line-dancing, stir well, what fun. This year's NEA convention will be right here in the District of Columbia, as it always is during presidential election years. (This has got to be a not-so-subtle reminder for the president about the power all those potential boots-on-the-ground can have during the election season.) Here's a list of ...

This post originally appeared on Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog. To boost teacher retention and student achievement at high-poverty schools, states and districts must first look to improve working conditions for teachers, concludes a new report by The Education Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit group. The report profiles five school districts that have focused efforts on bettering teacher support and development—specifically by strengthening leadership and encouraging professional collaboration—and have shown promising or positive gains as a result. The report follows on the heels of the recent annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, which found that teacher ...

Efforts to change process for dismissing teachers accused of misconduct in California and in New York State have both hit major roadblocks, illuminating the degree to which this difficult area of policy remains a contentious and highly political one.

The Illinois state board of education has held fast to a rigorous cutoff score on its basic-skills test, which all prospective teacher candidates are required to pass before enrolling in a teacher preparation program.

Education advocacy group StudentsFirst seems to have raised about $7.6 million between its founding in October 2010 and July 2011, according to tax forms released today by the group.

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