In response to complaints, the Denver district is revising language in its teacher-evaluation system that described a "distinguished" teacher as one who "encourages students to challenge and question the dominant culture" and "take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice," The Washington Times reports. District and union officials both said the language didn't properly reflect the concept they were trying to convey: that the best teachers help students view and analyze information critically. They've updated the framework as a response, the newspaper reports. It is easy to dismiss this episode as just another volley in the ...

This item originally appeared on the Charters & Choice news blog. By Sean Cavanagh Seven years ago, the United Federation of Teachers in New York opened a charter school that supporters hoped would show that charters need not renounce collective bargaining and other basic principles of organized labor in education to be successful. But now, the United Charter School's continued academic struggles have raised serious questions about whether its authorizer, the State University of New York's Board of Trustees, will agree to renew it, according to a detailed report by the GothamSchools blog. Recent documents have shown that the UFT school ...

Hawaii teachers have still not come to an agreement with the state over a new contract, in what some commentators think could lead to a strike.

Chicago's teachers ratified a new contract.

The New Haven and Los Angeles United school systems are among the winners of new federal grants to support differentiated pay for teachers.

Nearly all Michigan teachers from a sample of districts scored a rating of "effective" or higher on evaluations in 2011-12.

Democratic Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) have introduced companion bills that would reauthorize and make major changes to federal laws governing teacher preparation, including the reporting requirements, accountability provisions, and TEACH grant scholarship program.

Delegates to the Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday night to suspend the 7-day-old strike, tentatively approving a settlement brokered last weekend with the district.

CTU President Karen Lewis is facing internal division over a proposed agreement with the Chicago school district.

At long last, the education advocacy group begun by former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee has named a new, permanent board of directors. In addition to Rhee herself, the board members include: • comedian and school choice advocate Bill Cosby; • decorated television journalist Connie Chung; • Jennifer Johnson, an executive vice president and CEO for Franklin Resources, an investment-management organization; • former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein, now the CEO of News Corporation's Education Division; • Roland Martin, a syndicated journalist, columnist, and CNN analyst; • Jalen Rose, an ESPN/ABC analyst, philanthropist, and former pro basketball player who helped ...

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