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May 03, 2011

What Happens Without School Librarians?

The Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, Pa., reports on a young elementary school librarian who has transformed his facility into an invaluable technology resource center for teachers and students. But that still might not save his job: He is among 20 school librarians the district is planning to fu...

April 18, 2011

New NYC Schools Leader Promises Civility, Layoffs

The good news for New York City teachers is that Dennis Walcott, the newly named schools chancellor, wants to bring greater civility to school-reform discussions and has pledged that "you will never hear me say a bad thing about [teachers]." The bad news is that he's still planning to lay off thousa...

March 16, 2011


Heather Wolpert-Gawron, who was among the estimated 19,000 school employees in California who received lay-off notices this week, offers "The Ten Commandments of a Pink Slipped Teacher." No. 5 seems particulary important: Thou Shalt Not Dwell on How The System is Broken to the Point of Avoiding Yo...

March 04, 2011

Reading Is Fundamental Funding Axed

Both Reading Is Fundamental and the National Writing Project are in jeopardy of losing federal funding permanently, after President Obama signed a temporary spending law this week that axed support for the literacy programs. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Teach for America,...

March 01, 2011

Award-winning Teacher Laid Off While Fighting Cancer

Just months after being diagnosed with cancer, Francisco Mendoza—who has earned several teaching awards throughout his 25 years in the classroom—lost his job and his health benefits, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Last spring, Mendoza spent five months in a hospital undergoing chemotherap...

February 24, 2011

Debating Wisconsin and Collective Bargaining

Over at Education Week, Diane Ravitch, with an eye on Wisconsin, defends teachers' right to collectively bargain: From the individual teacher's point of view, it is valuable to have an organization to turn to when you feel you have been treated unfairly, one that will supply you with assistance, ...

January 13, 2011

Teachers and the New Economic Reality in Education

This week Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report. The focus this year is on the "new economic reality" in education. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, you should. And I'm not just saying that because it's an Education Week publication. Reading it this morning, I was stru...

December 29, 2010

South Korea Turns to Robot Teachers

South Korea has recently deployed 29 robots to teach in around 20 elementary schools.

November 18, 2010

Duncan: Stop Paying Teachers Like 'Interchangeable Widgets'

An Arizona superintendent who cut $8 million from the budget without laying off teachers and the Secretary of Education discussed the need for education leaders to make "creative and bold" fiscal choices.

November 08, 2010

Planning Period? What's a Planning Period?

When districts stop hiring substitutes to save funds, teachers pay the price with longer work days, says one blogger.

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