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July 28, 2014

Bel Kaufman, Teacher Who Skewered Public School Bureaucracy, Dies at 103

Kaufman's 1965 novel Up the Down Staircase depicted teaching in New York City public schools without any glamour or rose-colored glasses, earning her rave reviews from teachers in the school system.

July 23, 2014

Teacher Pay Starts Low, Grows Slowly, Is Generally Awful, Report Says

D.C. may be one of the best places for career teachers in search of high pay, a new report says, while South Dakota is unquestionably the worst.

July 18, 2014

TNTP Presses for Performance-Pay Systems for Teachers

To bolster teacher quality, schools systems desperately need to institute variable pay structures that reward educators based on performance and challenging assignments, according to a report released this week by TNTP, a prominent nonprofit teacher-recruitment and policy organization.

June 25, 2014

Teacher-Prep Rankings Put Spotlight on Online Degree Program

Western Governors University Teachers College is an online degree program that costs $6,000 a year, and it's ranked the best secondary-education program for teachers in the country.

June 18, 2014

What Tolkien Wished He Had Told His Teachers

"One is seldom comforted by knowing when one has had some effect," Tolkien wrote to a new teacher in a recently discovered letter.

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.

May 02, 2014

Book Suggests Teachers Are Standing in the Way of School Improvement

In a new book, Harvard Paul E. Peterson points to significant "gaps between what teachers and the public think is best for the education of our nation's children," including on issues such as performance pay, teacher evaluation, annual testing, school choice, teacher hiring and tenure, and school spending.

May 01, 2014

State Teachers of the Year Offer Advice on Supporting New Teachers

What do the nation's best teachers think creates the best teachers? A new survey offers some insights on professional development and school culture.

April 30, 2014

Baltimore English Teacher McComb Named 2014 National Teacher of the Year

The Council of Chief State School Officers has named high school English teacher Sean McComb, of Maryland, the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. He is one of the youngest teachers to win the award.

April 20, 2014

Teachers, Doctors, Lawyers Vie for Unhappiest Profession

Are teachers in the most miserable profession? A lot of other professions have put in a claim, too.

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