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August 22, 2014

Harvard Expert Questions Teachers' Readiness for Teacher-Led Schools

In a PBS segment, Harvard education-innovation expert Tony Wagner said he likes the idea of teacher-led schools but suggested that teachers generally haven't acquired the education-management knowledge or vision to create truly transformative schools.

August 21, 2014

District Bans Discussion of Ferguson Protests, Citing Opinionated Teachers

A superintendent in an Illinois district said that parents complained about teachers interjecting their own opinions into class discussions of the protests roiling nearby Ferguson, Mo.

August 11, 2014

Robin Williams—a Teacher, a Genie, and a Nanny—Dead at 63

The prolific comedian and actor, and star of "Dead Poets Society," was found dead at his home Monday night.

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.

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