A preview of the 2011 NEA Representative Assembly


The American Association of School Administrators has agreed to help districts implement an American Federation of Teachers-designed system in which teacher evaluations are linked to professional development, remediation, and dismissal.


Big news today on the teacher-training front, as colleague Alyson Klein reports over at the Politics K-12 blog. In essence, a bill introduced by three U.S. senators would create a new program to aid states to set up an authority to approve teacher-preparation "academies." Such academies could be within or outside of higher education, would serve high-needs schools and subjects, have high entry standards, require a yearlong "residency" or in-school apprenticeship, and require their teacher-candidates to show they can advance student achievement during that time. They would also fall under a separate program-approval and -review process from other institutions ...


Pension plans for teachers in charter schools vary widely, from state plans to nothing at all, a new analysis from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute finds.


Details remain sketchy about how a Michigan "recovery" school district will affect the city's teachers and teachers' union.


Lawmakers passed a series of technical changes to Illinois' teacher-evaluation bill to secure union support.


The teachers' unions don't like U.S. Secretary of Education's plan to offer relief from NCLB in exchange for reform.


A study by a Missouri researcher finds that students in schools of education receive significantly higher grades that students in other areas of study. The difference was half to nearly a full letter grade higher.


A report on district spending patters shows most teachers aren't compensated for taking on additional roles and responsibilities


A teacher-effectiveness industry of sorts appears to be rapidly developing, thanks to the Race to the Top and other policy efforts. The latest sign of this interesting phenomenon comes from an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story reporting that Georgia will spend $750,000 on a contract to hire an expert to develop a teacher-evaluation plan, provide training to a team that will show teachers and principals how to use it, and do follow-up surveys for the results. State officials said they didn't have the internal capacity to do the work. The contract is apparently coming out of standard federal education dollars and ...


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