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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'...

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...

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