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July 22, 2014

Is There a Mismatch Between Ed. Dept.'s Teacher-Equity Plans and NCLB Waivers?

NCLB waivers and Race to the Top look at outcomes, like a teachers' ability to improve test scores; a new strategy aims mostly at inputs, like years of experience.

July 21, 2014

Houston School District Targeting North Carolina Teachers

The district in recent months has trained its sights on North Carolina's teachers, who are among the lowest paid in the nation.

July 18, 2014

Year-Round Schooling: Why It's Time to Change

When public schools first started popping up in the U.S., they were considered secondary to other hands-on pursuits. Learning to read, write and perform basic arithmetic in classrooms was not equal to or greater than the actual work of building the nation and keeping up family farms.

July 12, 2014

Choosing Excellent Schools—Not Charter Versus District

Schools are not sports teams. For students, education shouldn't be a zero-sum game among adults. It doesn't have to be. Adult labels can be put aside in favor of better schools for students.

July 07, 2014

Philadelphia District and Teachers' Union Locked in Dispute Over Seniority

The dispute is taking place amid a growing national debate about teacher tenure rules. The district says it needs flexibility in making hiring and firing decisions, and tenure rules sometimes mean that new, committed teachers are let go in order to keep veteran teachers. The union says the district's policy violates its contract.

July 07, 2014

How Do We Hire the Very Best Teachers?

Think back on your education - all those years sitting in classrooms and diligently taking tests. If I asked you to name the best teacher you had, or to explain why that teacher was so great, could you do it?

July 07, 2014

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

States will be required to submit new plans to address teacher distribution by April of 2015, or just a few months before the department likely will begin to consider states' requests to renew their waivers from the NCLB law.

July 03, 2014

In Final Keynote, Van Roekel Attacks Education-Reform Trajectory

Dennis Van Roekel says today's reform efforts aren't working, are too test-dependent, and that there are more productive ways to boost teacher quality.

June 27, 2014

Ten Reform Claims That Teachers Should Know How to Challenge

Reform bluster is as ubiquitous as it is shallow. Here are ten claims teachers should be ready to respond to, along with some questions they might ask in response.

June 25, 2014

California Governor Signs Plan to Fully Fund Teacher-Pension System By 2046

Gov. Jerry Brown signed off Tuesday on a plan to fully fund California's teacher-pension system by shouldering more of the share of teacher-pension costs onto districts.

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