For the most part, there was no consistent relationship between the standards and better teaching.

A judge's ruling last summer to overturn teacher-protection statutes was thinly argued and misread state constitutional law, they contend.

Veteran teachers getting a score of "effective" or better don't have to follow current rules for demonstrating subject-matter knowledge.

Fewer teachers got ratings of "effective" or better under the state's controversial new rating system.

James G. Cibulka will be replaced by a former state superintendent until a new president can be found.

The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Only 17 percent of teachers tracked in a federal longitudinal study left the profession, far fewer than the often-cited 50 percent.

Fearing its members will be penalized, the union wants to eliminate the tax on high-cost health-care plans

The foundation hints at new plans to issue grants to improve teacher preparation.

After nearly a year of negotiations and the threat of a strike, the Los Angeles school district has reached a tentative agreement with the teachers' union, settling on a deal that would increase teacher salaries by 10 percent.

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