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February 02, 2010

Would New Standards in ESEA Rewrite Affect Teachers?

I will confess to being somewhat confused by all the rhetoric around the new "college or career ready" accountability framework that the Obama administration is considering for the NCLB law. This Washington Post story makes a big deal about possible flexibility for the 2014 deadline, at which states...

February 01, 2010

Teacher Programs Realigned in FY 2011 Federal Budget Request

In its FY 2011 budget request, the Obama administration has finally put its cards on the table with respect to its plans for the federal teacher programs.

January 27, 2010

Will Teacher Programs Be Scrapped in Federal Budget?

Overall education spending will go up. But it might not be going to the teacher programs, and the one you depend on may be going buh-bye.

January 11, 2010

Unions and 'Race to the Top' Update

Rhode Island, California and Tennessee are at different points of trying to negotiate their Race to the Top agendas with their teachers' unions.

January 08, 2010

Friday Reading: RTTT Updates, Ariz. Union Threatens to Sue Over Seniority

Some juicy tidbits for you this Friday morning: • The Arizona Education Association is threatening to sue over a state law that disallows seniority to be used in hiring and salary decisions, and would make it easier to remove ineffective teachers. • California's bill to position it fo...

January 07, 2010

With Changes to MOU, Michigan Union Back in 'Race to Top'

According to this press release from the Michigan Education Association, the state has extended the deadline for unions to sign the MOUs to commit to the Race to the Top program until Jan. 12. But the real meat is in this paragraph: "The parties also agreed to include language protecting collecti...

January 06, 2010

New Jersey, Michigan Unions Sitting Out 'Race to Top'

The Race to the Top competition is becoming a test of just what is meant by labor-management collaboration.

January 04, 2010

UPDATED: AFT and NEA Differences on the 'Race to Top' MOUs?

I must apologize for my extended absence from blogging, thanks to a combination of delayed holiday travel and a sinus infection ('Tis the season to be, uh, jolly.) Fortunately, there's been a lot of interesting things going on out there on the Race to the Top. So we return to our regularly schedul...

December 18, 2009

Florida Union Opposes State RTTT Plan

Florida's teachers' union will discourage affiliates from signing off on the state's Race to the Top plan.

December 17, 2009

UPDATED: Union Veto Power in Race to the Top Agreements?

To follow my previous post on the MOUs that states are beginning to create for their Race to the Top applications, it's quite interesting that some states are giving their teachers' unions seemingly much more leverage over whether or not the district will actually participate. Some states, like Col...

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