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June 23, 2010

Teacher Layoffs: It's About the Students

On The Huffington Post, Tom Brenner, a laid off art teacher, responds to the apparent public apathy toward teacher job cuts: But understand this—teachers losing their jobs isn't about just teachers, it's about the students. Students don't get laid off—they continue to be required to come...

June 17, 2010

Shouldn't Teachers' Opinions Matter?

Interesting point: On ASCD's edge blog, teacher Jason Flom notes that Steven Brill's much talked about, 8,000-word New York Times Magazine piece on Race to the Top and the current thrust of education reform did not quote a single teacher: It's outrageous! When an editor from one of the world's m...

June 16, 2010

Death by Reform?

In an op-ed published today in the Philadelphia Inquirer, James Sando, a teacher with more than 30 years of experience, argues that education policymakers these days seem to be fixated on reforms designed to hurt rather than help public education. UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: In his piece, Sando quotes appr...

June 07, 2010

Is Race to the Top Fair?

I've been having an ongoing conversation with a teacher friend about Race to the Top. Her take is that the competition for school reform "violates the idea of equality": Since not every state has applied for the money, not every state has access to the money. And, my teacher friend has noted, that e...

June 04, 2010

Teaching as an Intellectual Journey

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, author and educator Mike Rose encourages new teachers to stand fast against the "push to define teaching in technical and managerial terms." He writes: You hear little from the federal Department of Education or the local school board about engaging young peop...

June 01, 2010

Debating Test-Based Evaluations

An education professor argues that efforts to tie teachers' professional status to student test scores could stifle good instruction. Is he right?

May 27, 2010

Will the Real Effective Teacher Please Stand Up?

What makes some teachers better than others? A new study from the Rand Corp. concludes that, well, it's tough to know. The study, which examined data from the Los Angeles Unified School District over a five year period, found that there was little correlation between teacher effectiveness (as measu...

May 25, 2010

Teachers Unheard in Meeting With Duncan?

A group of accomplished teachers representing Anthony Cody's Teachers' Letters to Obama campaign got a chance to express their concerns and ideas about federal education policy in a conference call with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and colleagues yesterday. Unfortunately, from the teachers po...

May 24, 2010

Monday Reading: The Unions and Race to the Top

The education-policy community is abuzz over an article by journalist Steven Brill that appeared in the New York Times Magazine yesterday (though it's been online for a few days). Titled "The Teachers' Unions' Last Stand," the piece looks at the powerful reform forces that have coalesced around the ...

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