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January 21, 2014

Oklahoma Redefines 'Full Time' Students to Allow for Several Missed Weeks

The state's department of education is creating a rule that will make teachers accountable for students who might be absent for the first several weeks of the school year.

December 02, 2013

The Monday after Thanksgiving

If you want to really understand what's happening in American education, Sam Chaltain urges us to spend the Monday after Thanksgiving in a school with high concentrations of students living in poverty. Why?

October 30, 2013

Report: Teacher-Evaluation Policies Becoming Increasingly 'Rigorous'

The Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality released its annual report rounding up states' teacher-evaluation policies, which have become increasingly stringent over the last few years.

October 17, 2013

Survey Attempts to Gauge Student Satisfaction

200 high school students participated in a survey about Oregon public high schools that seeks to give students a voice in education reform in the state.

September 18, 2013

Are Teachers Lapsing Into Edu-Speak?

In an amusing yet possibly telling article in Slate, Dahlia Lithwick describes the "inexorable decline of the American parent"--using her own failure to comprehend, well, much of anything while at back-to-school night for her son as her primary example.

July 05, 2013

A Glorious Fourth

It was hard to look at all those sweaty kids with candy-smeared cheeks at the Fourth of July parade and not think about what the planet's going to be like when they're grown up. Maybe such little faces are turning out to be a real incentive for those who are already grown up to do a little less arguing and a little more compromising, less accusing and more empathizing, less retrenching and more really strategic thinking.

July 02, 2013

Crowdsourcing: The Teacher-Voice Solution?

Districts have recently employed crowdsourcing to solve major problems. Could it help teachers authentically add their voices to policy discussions, too?

June 24, 2013

Are Teachers 'At the Table' Or 'On the Menu'? Hard to Tell.

Thursday's "Evaluation Reform: Finding Solutions through Teachers" at the American Institutes for Research was just the type of 30,000-foot-level Washington event that disenfranchised teachers seem to fear is changing the course of their profession.

March 22, 2013

Citing Safety Concerns, Md. District Looks to Put Restrictions on Parents

A Maryland school district is considering a measure that would ban visitors at elementary schools from hugging other people's children. The policy would also prohibit parents and visitors from bringing homemade food to schools and limit lunchtime and recess visits. The proposed new rules were draft...

February 12, 2013

Special Ed. Teacher's Anti-Gay Remarks Spark Firestorm

An Indiana special education teacher who is part of a Christian group that wants to ban LGBT students from the high school prom told a local T.V. station that she doesn't believe gays have a "purpose in life."

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