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January 27, 2015

AFT to Senate: Keep Paraprofessional Qualifications in NCLB Rewrite

The union says that removing the requirements for paraprofessionals in Title I schools could harm quality.

January 27, 2015

AFT Joins '21st Century Skills' Group

The AFT has joined a group supporting the so-called 21st century skills, whose efforts it once opposed.

January 18, 2015

Curmudgucation Digest (January 18)

Over at my other blog, this week brought reactions to Arne Duncan's big-ish speech on ESEA, as well as some other folks with thoughts about what the rewrite of ESEA should look like-- including a complete AFT about-face.

January 14, 2015

AFT, Obama-Linked Think Tank Promote Annual Testing—With a Caveat

The American Federation of Teachers and the Center on American Progress say annual tests should be retained for reporting purposes, but scaled back for school-accountability purposes.

December 11, 2014

The Difficult Conversations on Race

Casey: How can schools in a society that aspires to be democratic not take on the injustices of racism?

November 17, 2014

Concerns of Career and Technical Education Teachers Voiced in Survey

An AFT survey of 570 career technical education teachers finds strong support for the programs but some concerns about equipment and funding.

November 16, 2014

Curmudgucation Digest (November 16)

Ohio elementary specials under siege, NCTQ with bogus research, the feds ask to see states' imaginary plans, and High Noon at AEI. This week at curmudgucation.

November 12, 2014

Can the Common Core Be Improved?

Is it possible to rewrite the Core so that they are actually good? What questions must we answer if we are to create standards worth having?

November 10, 2014

Colo. Teachers' Collective Bargaining Opened to Public

But it's not yet clear whether the measure will hurt unions' negotiating power, or help it.

November 10, 2014

'Net Neutrality' Stirs Passions of Some Ed. Groups, Gets Silence From Others

A number of education and technology groups have called for the FCC to protect net neutrality, but the nation's two biggest teachers' unions have been silent on the issue.

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