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May 29, 2012

N.Y.C. Seeks Changes in Disciplining Teachers Accused of Sexual Misconduct

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed new legislation that would give local school districts or the chancellor—as opposed to hearing officers—the final say on whether a teacher accused of sexual misconduct is fired, according to a press release. Under the current law, outside he...

May 11, 2012

Report Card Bill: Parents Grading Themselves

Tennessee has created a new measure proposing that parents of students evaluate themselves on report cards.

October 26, 2011

The 'Changing Landscape' of Teacher Evaluation

The National Council on Teacher Quality released a study today examining the "changing landscape" of teacher-evaluation policies--which have proliferated in the last two years--across the states.

July 11, 2011

Teachers Speak Out

Frustrated by a lack of opportunity for teachers to participate in policy decisions, a Florida teacher has launched a new website which aims to connect teachers across the state and address issues important to educators. Mike Rychlik, who teaches at SAIL High School in Leon County, Fla., told Florid...

June 10, 2011

Could Immigration Status Become a Teacher Issue?

At the Learning the Language blog, Mary Ann Zehr points to a law just signed in Alabama that requires schools to determine the immigration status of students.

March 03, 2011

Generations Clash on School Choice

A recently rejected Virginia bill to give tax breaks to businesses for funding poor students' tuition to private schools—and the larger issue of school choice—has the state's black community divided, reports the Washington Post. According to the paper, members of older generations remembe...

February 14, 2011

Is it Time to End Corporal Punishment in Schools?

After an elementary school teacher in Maryland was recently charged with several counts of assault for choking, punching, kicking, and/or scratching eight of her first graders, Washington Post blogger Valerie Strauss recalls the failure of Congress to pass a bill to end corporal punishment in school...

January 31, 2011

Teachers Unenthused About Parent Report Cards

Two months after a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education told a national teacher's convention in Florida that he didn't know how to increase parent accountability, lawmakers in the Sunshine State introduced a bill that would require teachers to evaluate parents of early elementary school ch...

August 12, 2010

Edujobs Bill: Are Teachers to Blame?

Tuesday's passage of the edujobs bill did not sit well with everyone, and has some blaming teacher salaries and benefits for the state of the economy.

August 10, 2010

Obama to House: Pass the Edujobs Bill!

President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden Tuesday morning, urging the House to pass the edujobs bill.

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