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December 13, 2010

TFA and KIPP: How Much Do They Help?

Ed writers Jay Mathews and Valerie Strauss are having a spirited debate about Teach for America and the Knowledge is Power Program over at the Washington Post.

December 01, 2010

Toward Digital Learning for All

A new report lays out steps policymakers can take to bring technology-based learning to every student.

November 30, 2010

Hot Story: Gates, Ravitch, Seniority Pay, and Lawn Mowers

In his latest column, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter highlights—quite uncritically—Bill Gates' campaign to curb teacher seniority pay, which appears to offend the Microsoft founder's business sense: "Is there any other part of of the economy where someone says, 'Hey, how long have you been mowi...

November 22, 2010

Teaching in a Flat World

New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman—purveyor of the "The World Is Flat" trope—bemoans the current indicators of the state of U.S. schools and praises U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's efforts to introduce performance pay and increased competition into the teaching profession. ...

November 22, 2010

Class-Size Tradeoffs

Renee Moore questions the wisdom of the the idea—raised in recent days by both Bill Gates and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—of paying effective teachers more for taking on larger class sizes: Giving the most effective teachers larger classes is NOT a way to reward them, but it ...

November 18, 2010

Duncan: Stop Paying Teachers Like 'Interchangeable Widgets'

An Arizona superintendent who cut $8 million from the budget without laying off teachers and the Secretary of Education discussed the need for education leaders to make "creative and bold" fiscal choices.

November 02, 2010

How Teaching to the Test Could Be a Good Thing

Maybe teaching to the test wouldn't be so bad if schools had better tests.

October 29, 2010

Rhee Heads for the Door—Though Not Quietly

Today is Michelle Rhee's last day as school chancellor in D.C., and Bill Turque at the Washington Post says Rhee took the opportunity to issue a final warning to the city's teachers.

October 19, 2010

Toward a National Teacher-Licensing Assessment

Proponents of a pilot teacher-performance assessment hope it will one day be used as a requirement for teacher licensure nationwide.

October 19, 2010

Economist: 'War on Teachers' a Fallacy

In an op-ed piece roundly attacking teachers' unions, economist Erik A. Hanushek argues that recent school reform manifestations—e.g., Race to the Top, the L.A. Times teacher-effectiveness rankings, "Waiting for Superman"—constitute not a "war on teachers" but a growing recognition of the ...

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