NCTQ and U.S. News and World Report plan an in-depth review of all of the nation's 1,400 schools of education.

Tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has finally gone ahead and said that he wants to end teacher tenure in favor of five-year renewable teacher contracts, the Wall Street Journal reports. And In Idaho, state Superintendent Tom Luna has also advocated eliminating tenure and basing part of a teacher's salary on performance, the Idaho Statesman reveals. In doing so, both men join officials in Florida and Wyoming (along with former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee) who also want to do away with tenure as it's currently conceived. Christie's announcement isn't a particular surprise given all of his back-and-forth with the ...

Michelle Rhee's Students First group unveils its policy proposals, which include abolishing tenure and giving districts sole control over teacher evaluations.

The New York City Education Department must include teachers' names in the performance-data reports it provides to news outlets to fulfill open-records requests, a New York state court ruled today.

A paper examines which teachers in Washington State were most likely to receive a pink slip under current layoff criteria.

Democrats for Education Reform proposes a new competition for supporting teacher training, funded through existing federal programs.

A rundown of the 10 most-read items at Teacher Beat in 2010.

John Wilson, who will retire from the NEA in August, plans to start a blog and advise politicians and political candidates, among other activities.

By Guest Blogger Erik Robelen Update (4:50pm): The NEA has confirmed that John Wilson will retire from the national union in August. I'll be writing a follow-up post later drawing on an interview I just had with him. Below is my original post: John Wilson, who has served as the National Education Association's executive director for a decade, is planning to retire in August, according to a blog post by Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel has named John Stocks, currently the union's deputy executive director, to fill the post, Antonucci says. I've ...

Well, readers, Teacher Beat is taking a short break for the holidays. Though I won't be posting much until after the New Year, feel free to send comments, tips, and story ideas my way (click below my picture to the right to send me an e-mail). All my best wishes to you this holiday season, Stephen...


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