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February 26, 2015

'The Deweys': Schools' Answer to the Academy Awards

Awards, which are really an example of the highest grade, are effective only if those being graded have the information about what they are being graded on and how.

February 23, 2015

With Contract Negotiations at Impasse, Los Angeles Teachers Edge Closer to Strike

The district and union are more than $800 million apart in their salary proposals.

February 23, 2015

What Does Arne Duncan Want in an NCLB Rewrite?

Duncan is worried about the impact of funding provisions, and a lack of investment in teacher quality, pre-kindergarten programs, and initiatives like Investing in Innovation.

February 19, 2015

Third Lawsuit Takes Aim at Teacher Evaluations in N.M.

The data produced by the system is faulty, leading to arbitrary outcomes for teachers, alleges the lawsuit filed by the Albuquerque Federation of Teachers and others.

February 10, 2015

The 2016 ESEA Proposed Budget Has a Vision of Teaching

Teachers and the work they do are paramount to student achievement especially in Title I schools. So it would makes sense for ESEA funding to address teaching. The 2016 proposed budget for ESEA does this and more. The focus on teachers is not just about working conditions (i.e. class sizes, curriculum, etc.) but also about training, attracting, and retaining teachers.

February 05, 2015

NEA Lawsuit in Tennessee Challenges Evaluations of 'Non-Tested' Teachers

The suit, filed by the National Education Association's Tennessee affiliate, contends the state's teacher-evaluation system violates educators' due process and equal protection rights.

February 04, 2015

Ed. Commissioner Gist Set to Leave R.I. to Lead Tulsa Schools

Deborah Gist has been Rhode Island's chief state school officer since 2009, and has overseen several significant changes to K-12 policy during her tenure.

January 27, 2015

Senate Ed. Panel Unlikely to Require Teacher Evaluations in NCLB Overhaul

Members of the Senate education committee agreed at a hearing that teacher evaluations are essential, but it's still unlikely that the NCLB reauthorization will mandate them.

January 26, 2015

Study Suggests Using Poverty as a Factor in Teacher Evaluation

Researchers suggest comparing "similarly circumstanced" schools in order to fairly evaluate teachers.

January 25, 2015

Dear Gov. Cuomo, N.Y. Schools Need More Than Good Intentions

Policymakers interested in improving schools play a critical role. We remain open to the hope that the Governor of New York State believes his solutions are well informed. But, we do not see "bad teachers" as the problem.

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