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October 05, 2009

Teacher 'Residencies' Get Federal Boost

Although it got a bit lost in all the commotion about this hearing, the Education Department made an important teacher-preparation announcement last week. The agency awarded $43 million in grants to improve preparation programs at 28 institutions. They're the first grants awarded under the retooled...

October 01, 2009

From Formula to Competitive Teacher-Quality Grants?

Over at Politics K-12, Alyson Klein notes that the Obama administration seems to favor competitive grants, rather than formula grants, in its approach to education funding. It's a smart observation, and although I'm reading the tea leaves a bit here, I wouldn't be surprised to see the administrati...

September 30, 2009

Rep. George Miller and the NEA: Round Two

The education committee chairman puts the union on notice that he believes it has shifted its position favorably toward a federal performance-pay initiative and contract waivers on teacher distribution.

September 14, 2009

Ed. Dept. Official Says Teacher Evaluations Shouldn't Rest on Test Scores Alone

The language in the draft Race to the Top guidelines is fairly vague on this point.

September 11, 2009

UPDATED: Some Academics Push Back on Teacher-Student Link in 'Race to the Top'

It isn't just the teachers' unions that are nervous about the draft guidelines for the Race to the Top. I've been making my way through the thousands of Race to the Top comments, and there are a handful from some academics who argue that there isn't a strong enough research base to support the use ...

September 03, 2009

Congressional Black Caucus Pushes for Teacher Equity

Remember those "teacher equity" provisions in No Child Left Behind? If your answer is no, you're probably not alone. The law requires states to put plans into place to ensure that poor and minority students aren't disproportionally taught by out-of-field, unqualified, or inexperienced teachers. Th...

August 31, 2009

Teachers' Colleges Left Out on 'Race to the Top'

An association of teacher colleges calls for the Obama administration to judge education programs by different standards as part of the "Race to the Top" guidelines.

August 26, 2009

Measuring Effectiveness of ELL Teachers

Colleague Mary Ann Zehr has a great blog item up about the Obama administration's push for using test scores for teacher-evaluation and -compensation purposes. Several academics are raising concerns about the idea, especially for teachers of English-language learners, she reports. Content exams, es...

August 17, 2009

Nevada Joins List of 'Fire Wall' States on Achievement and Pay

This morning I was perusing the comments that have been filed to date on the proposed guidelines on the Race to the Top grants, and was surprised to discover one from an administrator in Washoe County, Nev., who pointed to a section of the state code that appears to put it out of contention for RTTT...

August 17, 2009

Will California Consider Changing Teacher-Data Law to Qualify for Stimulus?

The New York Times' Sam Dillon has a write-up of all the state action around changing laws in the hopes of qualifying for Race to the Top funds. There's not a whole lot of new news here if you've been reading this blog and Politics K-12. But buried near the end of the story is the tidbit that a key...

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