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May 07, 2014

When Teacher Appreciation Week Gets Political

An unusually bleak thank-you letter to teachers from Georgia's superintendent of schools strikes a nerve.

January 29, 2014

2014 State of the Union: A Recap for Busy Teachers

The president's speech started with praise for teachers, who had a lot to say about the address on Twitter.

January 14, 2014

Superintendent Accused of Strong-Arming Teachers to Support Common Core

In another example of the heated controversies still swirling around the Common Core State Standards, a state senator in Mississippi charged last week that a local school district superintendent had threatened to fire teachers for expressing opposition to the Common Core State Standards.

October 24, 2013

Group Asks Congress to 'Mix It Up at Lunch,' Too

On Oct. 29, some 6,000 schools will reportedly be participating in the 12th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day, an initiative that encourages students to break out of their habitual social patterns and sit with someone new at lunch time. This year, the group behind the idea is asking Congress to participate as well.

August 27, 2013

As School Begins, Common-Core Tensions Flare

Teachers in Huntsville, Ala., have come under fire for distributing "pro common core" handouts at an elementary school open house last week.

December 05, 2012

Ind. Lawmaker Pushes for Teacher Truth-Telling Mandate

An Ind. state senator, frustrated by the failure of a bill he introduced to require schools to teach creationism, now has plans to push legislation promoting the lofty-sounding notion of "truth in education."

November 06, 2012

Tweeting the Election With Students

In a post on Edutopia, New Jersey high school teachers Jonathan Olson and Sarah Gross review the success they've had in creating Twitter dialogues for students and teachers (and parents) throughout the presidential campaign.

September 19, 2012

The Chicago Strike: Who Won?

Diane Ravitch argues that, regardless of the exact details of the contract, the teachers came out victorious in the Chicago strike simply by displaying their strength.

September 07, 2012

Multimedia Tool: Teaching the Presidential Campaign

The Newseum in Washington has just launched Decision 2012: Exploring Elections and the Media, an online resource for teaching about the presidential campaign and election.

August 24, 2012

Congressional Candidate's Teaching Background Raises Questions

The Associated Press reported this week that a former teacher who is now running for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in Michigan was issued a written reprimand this past June by his school for "intimidating and threatening students by grabbing their desks, yelling in their faces and slamming his fists on their desks."

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