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December 15, 2009

Will Local Teachers' Unions Sign Off on State 'Race to Top' Plans?

States want local unions to sign off on their Race to the Top Plans, but will affiliates agree to do so?

December 07, 2009

Teacher Magazine: NCLB Definition of Professional Development Scrutinized

Colleague Anthony Rebora, over at Education Week's Teacher Magazine, is live-blogging the National Staff Development Council's annual conference. He has a really great post up about the definition of professional development in the No Child Left Behind law. Be sure to check it out, because althoug...

December 01, 2009

Duncan Talks Federal Teacher Policy

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shares his thoughts about federal teacher policy, including a $3 billion federal funding stream for supporting teacher quality, and teacher involvement in the shaping of performance-pay plans.

November 13, 2009

How Should Teachers Be Involved in Assessment?

You may remember that I moonlight as Education Week 's assessment reporter in addition to covering teacher issues. Right now, I'm in Boston covering the U.S. Department of Education's first public forum on the $350 million that it'll be putting toward consortia of states that create common assessme...

November 12, 2009

Teacher Elements of Final Race to the Top Guidelines

The final Race to the Top guidelines are here! There are some interesting new details on the effective-teacher policies. And of the four pillars or "assurances" in the economic-stimulus legislation, teacher effectiveness, it turns out, gets the most weight (28 percent) in the scoring process. Let'...

November 09, 2009

Wisconsin Teacher 'Firewall' Law Too Lax, Critics Say

Some critics think Wisconsin's effort to tear down a data "firewall" is too timid.

October 30, 2009

Duncan Calls for Multiple Measures in Evaluation

The U.S. Secretary of Education underscored at a forum that teacher evaluations should be based on "multiple measures" that would include student achievement alongside other factors, such as peer evaluations.

October 22, 2009

Duncan to Reiterate Criticisms of Teacher Education

Education Secretary Arne Duncan doesn't appear poised to go easier on schools of education in remarks he's making this morning at Columbia University's Teachers College. As you may recall, his remarks earlier this month on the theme caught some flak from the teacher-ed community. News of this morni...

October 19, 2009

What Happens Now in the NCLB Suit?

An appeals court has deadlocked over the "unfunded mandate" lawsuit, filed by several school districts and the National Education Association, against the No Child Left Behind law. That means a lower court's decision backing the feds will stand. Mark Walsh has the scoop over on the School Law Blog. ...

October 15, 2009

Teachers' Colleges Respond to Duncan Remarks

I checked in with the president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education today to get some feedback on what her members thought about Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speech on teacher colleges. Overall, she said, her members were disappointed in the tenor of the speech and hop...

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