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September 16, 2013

When Teachers Are Bullied

Recent attacks on teachers by parents have raised concerns and prompted calls for greater urgency around the issue.

September 12, 2013

Access Denied: A School Web-Blocking Experience With Rafe Esquith

Due to Internet filtering at his school, esteemed educator Rafe Esquith could not access the webinar he was presenting from his classroom. What does this say about schools' use of technology and the lack of professionalism we grant teachers?

August 23, 2013

High School Blues, Confirmed

A high school is determined, by one measure, to be the saddest place in New York City.

August 15, 2013

Share Your Favorite Back-to-School Photos

It's the start of the school year. And Education Week wants to see what back-to-school looks like through your eyes.

May 13, 2013

A Voice From the 'Rubber Room'

A 33-year-old public school teacher with Tourette Syndrome in New York tells his story, including how he ended up in the absent-teacher reserve pool.

March 28, 2013

Poll: Teachers Rank High on 'Well-Being'

Teachers top all other professionals except for physicians in overall well-being, according to the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

November 17, 2012

Are Teacher Sick Days 'Overused'?

In response to a national report on teacher absences, columnist Dan Rodricks of The Baltimore Sun wrote that he was dismayed to learn that 35 percent of teachers in Maryland missed 10 or more days of school in the 2009-10 school year. "I'm a union man, but I'll tell you one thing: The men and wome...

August 24, 2012

Novel Idea: District Adds Teaching Positions

Here's a unique news item: At a time of widespread budget-cutting and job uncertainty in education, the St. Paul, Minn., school district actually added 110 teaching positions this summer. The new positions, according to the Pioneer Press, are part of a district reform effort that, among other things...

August 01, 2012

Teacher-Retention Tip: Lose the 'Martyr Mentality'

In a post last month on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution education blog, a Fulton County, Ga., high school teacher named Jordan Kohanim wrote about her decision to leave the classroom on account of what she felt were unsustainable and deteriorating working conditions. In a follow-up post published to...

July 03, 2012

For Teachers, Why Does 'Moving Up' Mean 'Moving Out'?

Ariel Sacks recalls an interesting exchange from the day she went down to the district office to submit her materials for her very first teaching job: The middle-aged woman who processed my paperwork was friendly in that way only New Yorkers can be, and chatted me up a bit. When she gave me the th...

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