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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...

March 02, 2010

AFL-CIO Backs R.I. Teachers; Union Files Labor Complaint

The local teachers' union, meanwhile, has filed an unfair labor-relations complaint with the state labor-relations board, saying that Superintendent Frances Gallo didn't bargain in good faith with the union.

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."

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