February 2010 Archives

With teacher layoffs affecting districts across the country, some government officials and parents are concerned "last in, first out" seniority policies are forcing talented young teachers out the door.


A 12-year-old student's arrest for doodling on her classroom desk is raising concerns about the prominence of zero tolerance policies in schools.


A restaurant owner apologizes for a confrontation with teachers who were on break from in-service.


The "snowmageddon" that crippled the Mid-Atlantic region last week may force states to slash the required number of instructional days, as they attempt to make up lost time from snow days.


The Washington Teachers Union is claiming some of the credit for the closing of District of Columbia schools today, according to a local news blog. A record-breaking winter storm this weekend has shuttered school systems throughout the Washington, D.C., area today. But the decision on DCPS schools--which, under chancellorship of Michelle Rhee, has been very conservative in dolling out snow days--was quite drawn-out. Initially, yesterday afternoon, the district boldly announced that its schools would in fact be open on a 2-hour delay, puzzling many parents who looked around and saw limited transportation options. A few hours later, however, after ...


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