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June 04, 2010

Agreements Under Scrutiny, Again, in Race to Top

Michele "High Bar" McNeil has been doggedly following the latest Race to the Top news, this debate over "side deals" in some Florida districts. The big question is whether these side agreements essentially compromise the "buy in" of local district and unions who signed the state memorandum of unders...

June 02, 2010

Oklahoma: The Stealth State for Teacher Reforms

After getting clobbered in the first round of the Race to the Top, Oklahoma has managed to pass some aggressive pieces of legislation in preparation for round two. Among them is a bill that makes major changes to the state's teacher evaluation and tenure systems. It's similar to legislation that pa...

May 27, 2010

ED to Expand Salary-Data Collection

Michele McNeil has a very important post up on the U.S. Department of Education's plans to expand a data-collection requirement in the economic-stimulus bill. The requirement essentially asks districts to provide information on disparities in expenditures on schools in the same district. Much of th...

April 26, 2010

Senators Reintroduce Professional-Development Bill

Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., George LeMieux, R-Fla., and Sharrod Brown, D-Ohio, last week introduced a bill to overhaul the definition of "professional development" in the current ESEA. This may seem like peanuts compared with all the wrangling going on about school improvement and accountability, but c...

March 29, 2010

Turnaround-Inspired Teacher Firings on Tap in Ga.

It's Central Falls all over again! Savannah, Ga., will remove all the teachers in a high school and hire back no more than half the staff, per the terms of the Obama administration's School Improvement Grants, the Atlanta Constitution reports. National Education Association President Dennis Van Ro...

March 25, 2010

Stimulus Package Saved Teacher Jobs, Scholars Say

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has an important new analysis out on jobs data and the stimulus. The bottom line: Although K-12 employment dropped by about 1.4 percent from 2009 to 2010, the federal economic-stimulus law paid for about 342,000 jobs over that time period, or 5.5 percent ...

March 23, 2010

Health-Care Reform: Implications for Teachers, ESEA

So what, you ask, are the implications of the health-care reform bill for education? Well, the main one is that as part of the way to lower the bill's overall costs, high-cost health insurance plans, sometimes called "cadillac" or "gold plated" plans, will be subject to an "excise tax." Many unioni...

March 15, 2010

Teachers, Unions, and the NCLB 'Blueprint'

As you no doubt already know, the Obama administration finally revealed its blueprint for ESEA reauthorization. Much of what's in the blueprint EdWeek has already reported based on a close reading of the FY 2011 budget documents and stimulus bill. For instance, over a month ago I noted the proposal...

March 15, 2010

Experts Urge Creation of 'America's Teacher Corps'

A high-powered panel of teacher-quality experts released a paper this morning proposing a new federal program called America's Teacher Corps that they claim would recognize the best teachers, reduce interstate barriers to teaching, increase access of students in high-poverty school to highly effecti...

March 08, 2010

R.I. Teacher Drama May Be Nearing Conclusion

It looks like the teachers and administrators in Central Falls, R.I., are back at the bargaining table to work out a plan for transforming the school. Jay Mathews at the WaPo apologizes for missing the 50 percent teacher-rehiring clause in a recent column. But he's not the only one who made this er...

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