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October 19, 2010

Reps. Polis, Davis Introduce Educator-Evaluation Bill

Reps. Polis and Davis have introduced a bill seeking to make Title I funding contingent on the establishment of new educator evaluation systems.

September 23, 2010

Winners Announced in Teacher Incentive Fund Grant Contest

The U.S. Education Department announces 62 winners of its Teacher Incentive Fund grants.

August 24, 2010

UPDATED: No Clear Teacher Narrative in Race to Top Phase Two Winners

The Phase 2 Race to the Top picks are here, and they're an interesting and eclectic bunch. The effective teachers and leaders section of the competition represented the largest percentage of overall points in the competition, but based on a cursory review of the winners, there does not appear to b...

August 10, 2010

'i3' Winners Focus on Teachers

Fully 24 percent of the i3 winners plan to use their grants to help improve teacher effectiveness. You may have heard of some of the big-ticket winners, like Teach For America, which will use its $50 million grant to grow the size of its teacher corps by 80 percent by 2014. But here's a rundown of...

July 30, 2010

Weingarten Weighs In on Obama Speech

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten had a quick briefing with reporters yesterday on all the edu-action this week. Asked about President Obama's defense of the Race to the Top program to the National Urban League, Weingarten said it's only natural that the president would fo...

July 22, 2010

NEA Signs On to Fiscal-Equity Bill

The NEA now supports a bill to close a fiscal "loophole" in the Title I program.

July 04, 2010

NEA's Delegates Vote 'No Confidence' in Race to the Top

NEA delegates approved a resolution in which the union takes a position of 'no confidence' in the Race to the Top and other U.S. Department of Education plans.

June 30, 2010

UPDATED: To Fund Edujobs Bill, Dems Would Cut Performance Pay

Politics K-12 has the potentially explosive news that House Democrats want to rescind money from several of the Obama administration's key reform programs, including the federal Teacher Incentive Fund, in order to help finance $10 billion to preserve education jobs. TIF supports local performance-ba...

June 10, 2010

Federal Teacher Legislation with Legs?

Yesterday's post on the as-yet-unseen Bennet teacher bill got me thinking a bit about what other pieces of teacher legislation could be candidates for inclusion in a revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act draft. Here are a few proposals that might have legs. • In what is, to my knowl...

June 09, 2010

Sen. Bennet's Mysterious Teacher Bill

Over at Politics K-12, Alyson Klein has a very interesting item up about Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who recently introduced a school-turnaround bill. While some folks are poring over that, though, here in the teacher-quality universe the question on the table is: What the heck happened to Bennet'...

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