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Despite philosophical agreement in some areas, practical obstacles could prevent Democrats and Republicans from pushing forward on "teacher effectiveness" policy.

The winner of the race for the presidency of the Washington Teachers' Union could have an impact on the future of education reform in the District of Columbia's much-scrutinized school system.

A group releases quality standards for teacher 'residency' programs.

A second tentative contract may soon be released by the Baltimore district and its teachers' union.

Here's a bunch of links to interesting stories and items to keep you a readin', a bloggin' and a-twitterin' over the weekend. • The New York City Department of Education and the city teachers' union agreed to delay releasing to journalists reports showing the "value added" gains attributed to individual teachers, pending a Nov. 24 court ruling. Yesterday, the United Federation of Teachers sued to stop the release of the information. Meanwhile, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, said he supports the public release of the information in New York. • A bit of Common Core State Standards Initiative drama going ...

The United Federation of Teachers plans to sue to prevent the New York City school district from releasing information on teachers' "value added" scores to reporters, the union said in a statement. The GothamSchools news service reported today on its website that the district would this week provide the ratings to reporters who filed open-records requests. The news service said the district is still debating the details, such as whether it will redact individual teachers' names to the ratings, which are based on growth on student tests over two or more years. UFT President Michael Mulgrew had some tough words ...

Reps. Polis and Davis have introduced a bill seeking to make Title I funding contingent on the establishment of new educator evaluation systems.

Teacher Beat is back in the house, and there were some important happenings in teacher policy last week. Here's a rundown of what caught my eye while I was on vacation—and a few thoughts for you to chew on. • Baltimore teachers rejected a contract that would have done away with traditional pay increases for longevity and master's degrees in favor of "achievement units" weighted heavily toward effectiveness in boosting student learning for earning raises. The interesting point here is that both the district and the union have already said they don't plan to make major changes to this structure...

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