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February 23, 2015

Vergara Part 2: Tenure Is a Misnomer

Permanent status, that's what I have earned as a second grade teacher in the state of California. I didn't even notice that my pay-stub had changed from the words "Probationary" to "Permanent." I didn't get a letter of congratulations from the superintendent, nor from my principal. It was just another ordinary day. The term tenure in California is used strictly with higher education faculty members.

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 17, 2015

National Teachers' Unions Step Up Lobbying Efforts on NCLB Rewrite

The NEA and AFT have launched separate grass-roots lobbying efforts in hopes of continuing to push their priorities for the federal K-12 overhaul.

February 02, 2015

Where Did Education Groups Rank in Donations to 2014 State Elections?

The two national teachers' unions both made the top 25 givers to state elections in 2014.

January 30, 2015

AFT Mounts Strong Opposition to Federal Teacher-Prep Proposal

The AFT really, really doesn't like the feds' proposals on teacher preparation, and it wants everyone to know about it.

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?

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