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April 06, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union Threatens to Strike

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said union members are showing "overwhelming" support for a strike, according to the Chicago Tribune. CTU and the Chicago Public Schools have been in contract negotiations for four months and are still far from coming to an agreement. The parties have b...

February 23, 2012

Shades of (Daniel) Pink: The Merit Pay Debate

In case you missed it, last week's Washington Post article on merit pay does a nice job of summing up the major rift between proponents and skeptics of a school reform effort that, according to the Post reporter, is "suddenly gaining traction." Daniel Pink, author of the popular book about motivat...

January 26, 2012

Update: Teachers No Longer Working for Free

Teachers in the Chester Upland School District, who had agreed to work for free when the district announced it was facing bankruptcy, will continue to receive paychecks.

January 12, 2012

How Much Should Teachers Make?

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof points to a new Harvard study finding that good teachers—as defined by value-added test score analysis—have a profound long-term effect on students. According to the study, he notes, an average-size 4th grade class with a strong teacher will go on...

January 09, 2012

Pa. Teachers Agree to Work for Free

Teachers in Pennsylvania's Chester Upland School District have agreed to continue working even though the district can no longer afford to pay them.

January 05, 2012

Survey: Majority Say U.S. Teachers Underpaid

More than half of Americans believe that U.S. teachers are underpaid, according to a national telephone survey by Poll Position.

August 29, 2011

Tying Pay to Teacher (Health) Evaluations

Teachers in one Nebraska school district who don't work to stay fit and healthy will pay for it—literally. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Millard Public Schools in Omaha, Neb., is attempting to reduce health care costs through a new wellness program aimed at prevention. Full-time employe...

August 19, 2011

English Teacher Rakes In $130K Salary

An assistant superintendent for Wake County Public Schools in Cary, N.C., has been demoted but will continue to earn his annual salary of $131,122 to teach English, according to The News & Observer. David Holdzkom, whose contract runs through June 2013, will be the highest-paid teacher in Wake, repo...

May 25, 2011

Film Depicts Hardships, Dedication of the 'American Teacher'

Researchers, policymakers, and parents tend to agree that effective teachers are the key to high-quality schools—and, by implication, to maintaining an educated and thriving citizenry. So why are teachers in the United States so undervalued and lately even disparaged? That's the question at th...

March 14, 2011

Sunday Papers: 'Evaluate and Differentiate'

Amid the ongoing debates over collective bargaining and the power of unions, teachers were (yet again) a focus of major newspaper op-ed pages yesterday: In the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof (apparently taking a breather from the revolutions in the Mideast), blasted the "pernicious f...

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