Two AFT affiliates are dealing with tricky issues arising from efforts to reduce the weight given to seniority in personnel decisions.
The nation's largest teachers' unions have joined the super PAC movement.
Following a three-hour telephone call with negotiators during which consensus seemed frustratingly out of reach, the U.S. Education Department declined to extend the rulemaking process any further, meaning it will craft the rules on its own.
Bonuses appears to have helped seven school districts attract effective teachers to low-income schools, though the longer-term impact of the transfers on teacher retention and student achievement results remains to be seen, a recently released analysis concludes.
Negotiators creating new federal teacher-preparation rules have managed to convince the Education Department to consider giving them a little more time.
Negotiators seemed no closer to reaching consensus on new federal teacher-preparation rules, after another bewildering day of discussions that continued to expose fractures among the panelists.
The panelists charged with rewriting federal teacher preparation rules faced a grueling day today during which major tension points emerged with little resolution, all of which served to call into question whether they will be able to reach consensus by Thursday.
Two states have moved to shield teacher evaluations from broad public disclosure.
An analysis from California's Legislative Analyst's Office urges the state to consider revamping its teacher-layoff policies, including reducing the emphasis on seniority.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he opposes the publication of teachers' ratings in newspapers.