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July 09, 2009

UPDATED: New York Admonished on Teacher-Student Data Link

An Obama administration official has strongly hinted to New York state that it won't be getting any of the $5 billion in discretionary stimulus funding unless it does something about the law, supported by the state's teachers' unions, that prevents student test scores from being a part of tenure or ...

July 02, 2009

Duncan's NEA Speech Mirrors Stance Taken in Stimulus

While some saw the speech as "tough love" for the teachers' unions, the Obama administration clearly telegraphed its intentions to push hard on issues like performance pay, seniority, and tenure in the stimulus legislation, and that passed months ago.

June 25, 2009

CAP Releases New Tenure Report

The perspective it offers is going to be challenging for pretty much everyone who's got skin in this particular game.

May 04, 2009

Teacher Effectiveness Debate in L.A. Heats Up

Questions about teacher tenure and the removal of ineffective teachers in Los Angeles are heating up, following this weekend's Los Angeles Times story. The story found that removing ineffective teachers in California is lengthy and extraordinarily costly (upwards of six figures in some cases), and...

April 23, 2009

L.A. Board Takes on Tenure

The Los Angeles Daily News has this story up about the school board's efforts to take a look at tenure, evaluation, and seniority-based bumping. Although these endeavors aren't expected to go anywhere, merely the fact that they have come this far seems to indicate a restlessness with how the curren...

April 22, 2009

UPDATED: NY State Quashes Tenure Discussion

Remember that big hullabaloo in New York City last year when chancellor Joel I. Klein wanted to tie teacher-tenure decisions to student test-score growth? The union successfully lobbied the state legislature to prohibit the policy for two years while a study could be done on this data and its approp...

February 19, 2009

Is the Tenure Conversation Changing?

The always thoughtful Sherman Dorn thinks I jumped the gun in this post. I disagree. Although the examples I point to are proposals and may not amount to anything concrete (and they certainly wouldn't be the first), the bigger picture is that the conversation about tenure does seem to be changing...

February 18, 2009

States Take Up Tenure Reform

Think performance pay is the biggest teacher-policy controversy going on right now? Hold on to your hats, because it looks like the issue of teacher tenure is poised to leap onto the national scene, with at least three states considering changes to their systems for granting tenure, which grants cer...

January 22, 2009

Student-Achievement Data in Tenure Decisions

The fine folks over at the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research have an interesting study up on the use of student test-score data in tenure decisions. Of late, some economists who study the teacher workforce, such as Thomas Kane at Harvard and Eric Hanushek at S...

December 04, 2008

CAP Releases Tenure Primer

Feeling the need for some R & R? Well, the dynamic duo of Robin Chait and Raegen Miller over at the Center for American Progress have written what amounts to a primer on the issue of teacher tenure, the job protection granted to teachers who fulfill the terms of a probationary period. It couldn't c...

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