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December 02, 2017

Teacher Tax Deduction Could Double to $500 Under Approved Senate Bill

The version of the tax bill passed by the Republican-led Senate would double the amount teachers can deduct for classroom supplies.

November 14, 2017

States' ESSA Plans Fall Short on Educator Equity, NCTQ Analysis Finds

More than half of the state plans fail to publicly report data on educator equity gaps, the National Council of Teacher Quality found in its analyses.

November 03, 2017

Teachers Would Lose $250 Deduction for Classroom Materials Under GOP Tax Bill

The tax bill proposed by Republican leaders scraps a benefit that many teachers have come to rely on: the $250 "educator expense deduction," which can be used to recoup the cost of classroom materials.

October 23, 2017

Gates Ends Investment in Teacher Evaluation: What That Means for the Field

Some states are already backing off of linking student test scores to teacher evaluations--but it's not because the Gates funding stream is ending.

July 30, 2017

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Science Educators Lack Training in Their Subjects

The finding was part of a new study that looks at whether the No Child Left Behind reduced the practice of out-of-field teaching in science classrooms.

July 13, 2017

$2 Billion for Teacher Training, Salaries Eliminated in House Budget Plan

The plan released by the U.S. House of Representatives differs from President Trump's proposal in many ways, except this glaring one: It would also eliminate Title II funds that go toward teacher professional development.

July 02, 2017

NEA President: There Will Be No Photo Ops With DeVos

"I will not allow the National Education Association to be used by Donald Trump or by Betsy DeVos," NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said.

June 22, 2017

Republican and Democratic Senators Push Bill to Support Teacher Leaders

A bipartisan group of senators today introduced a bill aimed at giving teachers more opportunities to take on leadership roles without having to leave the classroom.

June 13, 2017

To Fight Trump's Cuts to Professional Learning, Groups Plan 'Day of Action'

With Title II money on the chopping block under President Trump's desired budget, national education groups are coming together to make a case for why teachers and administrators need those professional development funds.

June 08, 2017

State ESSA Plans Differ on What Makes an 'Ineffective' or 'Inexperienced' Teacher

New Mexico and Tennessee have strong plans to identify weak teachers and make sure they're not disproportionately serving poor and minority students, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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