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March 01, 2010

UPDATED: Obama Gets Involved in R.I. Teacher-Firing Drama

This Central Falls, R.I., situation just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Here's a new petition organized by the union protesting the situation. Now President Obama has gone and waded into the controversy by saying he supports Sup. Jane Gallo and State Sup. Deborah Gist in their bid to fire all th...

February 25, 2010

Nevada Latest State to Lift Teacher-Student Data 'Firewall'

So reports The Associated Press. Nevada was one of five states that prohibited student-achievement data from being used in teacher evaluations, thus blocking the state from being able to apply for a cut of the $4 billion in federal Race to the Top funds. The state teachers' union did manage to get...

February 24, 2010

UPDATED: 'Turnaround' Not Only Policy Issue in R.I. Teacher Firings

The decision of Central Falls, R.I., Superintendent Frances Gallo to fire every teacher in a high school building is making big headlines in Rhode Island, attracting outrage from teachers' unions and from AFT President Randi Weingarten, and becoming a big education reform story now that The New York...

February 12, 2010

R.I.'s Race to the Top Plan Tackles Teacher Assignment

In its Race to the Top plan, Rhode Island says that it will direct districts not to allow a student to be taught by more than one year by a teacher deemed "ineffective."

February 08, 2010

Whither Professional Development in the Budget?

Here's another teacher-related question on President Obama's budget request: Will it be good or bad for professional development? If lawmakers go along with cutting the Title II state formula grant program by half a billion dollars, then there'd already be fewer funds for professional development, ...

February 03, 2010

Administration to Seek Teacher-Student Link in Title I

This is something that could change the mostly polite and noncommittal responses we've had so far on the budget.

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.

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