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October 10, 2014

Researchers Offer Prescriptions for Retaining Teachers

A panel of education experts says that the nation's understaffing problem is about retention, not recruitment. The solutions? Better leadership and more freedom for teachers.

September 25, 2014

Colo. Students Protest School Board History Proposal

Hundreds of students walk out of school in protest of a Colorado district school board's plan to change its history curriculum to something that portrays the United States in a better light.

August 27, 2014

New Ed. Books Call Attention to Undervalued Role of Teacher Expertise

Two new books out this fall on teaching and teacher policy may reflect a shift in thinking about school reform.

July 18, 2014

TNTP Presses for Performance-Pay Systems for Teachers

To bolster teacher quality, schools systems desperately need to institute variable pay structures that reward educators based on performance and challenging assignments, according to a report released this week by TNTP, a prominent nonprofit teacher-recruitment and policy organization.

June 12, 2014

New Political Star Dave Brat Ponders Rock-Bottom Classroom Funding

The professor who beat Rep. Eric Cantor in a primary would not be likely to increase education funding if he makes it to Congress.

May 02, 2014

Book Suggests Teachers Are Standing in the Way of School Improvement

In a new book, Harvard Paul E. Peterson points to significant "gaps between what teachers and the public think is best for the education of our nation's children," including on issues such as performance pay, teacher evaluation, annual testing, school choice, teacher hiring and tenure, and school spending.

April 17, 2014

Former TFA Member: Don't Tell Me I Hate Teachers

A former Teach For America teacher says he's tired of being attacked as someone who's opposed to public education and teachers.

April 10, 2014

Tenn. Teachers' Union Credits Motivational Video, Not Policy Efforts, for NAEP Gains

The Tennessee Education Association is pushing the idea that the states' NAEP gains could be explained in part by a motivational video shown before the test.

February 26, 2014

Teachers at Chicago School Plan Boycott of State Test

Teachers at an elementary school in Chicago have made the bold move of announcing that they will refuse to administer state-mandated standardized tests that are scheduled to start next week.

February 05, 2014

Is Data-Driven Instruction Ready to Include the Instructors?

Members of a Washington panel discussion on teacher use of data agreed that educators need better training in data, but first teachers need to trust it.

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