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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...

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'...

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