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August 11, 2015

Charlotte, N.C. Gave Principals Power Over Teacher Layoffs. What Happened?

A first-of-its kind study examined which teachers were laid off in the district and the effects on student achievement.

August 09, 2015

Professional Development Is Useless! Or Not.

I have to say I'm grateful that I taught for 30 years in a district that did not try to help me "understand my weaknesses"--a process that all teachers go through, with varying degrees of introspective pain and effort, even those (perhaps especially those) who have long-term careers in the classroom. The implication here is that teachers' own assessment of their effectiveness is worthless--they're oblivious to or ignorant of their shortcomings. This is patently absurd.

August 04, 2015

Push for Local Control by Ohio Districts Opposes State, Federal Policy Meddling

Fed up with what they see as policies from state and national lawmakers that bog teachers down, a group of districts in Ohio have formed a network to push for greater local control.

August 04, 2015

Leading to Reduce Stressors in the System

What if stress could be avoided?

July 24, 2015

New GAO Report: Teacher Prep Programs Lack Performance Data

Seven states ignored the federal higher education law's requirement to identify "at risk" and "low performing" teacher programs, some of them blatantly.

July 24, 2015

New GAO Report: Teacher Prep Programs Lack Performance Data

Seven states ignored the federal higher education law's requirement to identify "at risk" and "low performing" teacher programs, some of them blatantly.

July 09, 2015

Appeals Court Upholds Florida Law on Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

A federal appeals court has upheld a Florida law that requires teacher performance evaluations to be based in part on student test scores.

July 06, 2015

Rural Colorado District Receives Teacher Evaluation Waiver

The small, rural district will not use student test scores in teacher evaluations this year.

June 24, 2015

Parents in Colo. District Launch Website to Chronicle Teacher Turnover

Unhappy with recent decisions by the local school board, a group of parents in Jefferson County, Colo., has created a website to chronicle an expected wave teachers' departures from their district over the next year.

June 23, 2015

Reason #2 Why CTA Should Reimagine Permanent Status Now

The appeal to the Vergara case will be heard very soon. I don't claim to be psychic so I am making a well educated guess here when I say I think the appellate court will remand the decision for further study. This leads me to reason #2 why the California Teachers Association (CTA) should reimagine tenure now: The most vulnerable students need the best teachers.

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