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January 03, 2011

Meme Watch: Teachers as 'Interchangeable Widgets'

Several weeks ago, we reported on a wonkish panel discussion in D.C. in which Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in proping up the performance pay idea, lamented that school systems currently treat teachers like "interchangeble widgets."

November 30, 2010

Hot Story: Gates, Ravitch, Seniority Pay, and Lawn Mowers

In his latest column, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter highlights—quite uncritically—Bill Gates' campaign to curb teacher seniority pay, which appears to offend the Microsoft founder's business sense: "Is there any other part of of the economy where someone says, 'Hey, how long have you been mowi...

November 22, 2010

Teaching in a Flat World

New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman—purveyor of the "The World Is Flat" trope—bemoans the current indicators of the state of U.S. schools and praises U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's efforts to introduce performance pay and increased competition into the teaching profession. ...

November 22, 2010

Class-Size Tradeoffs

Renee Moore questions the wisdom of the the idea—raised in recent days by both Bill Gates and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—of paying effective teachers more for taking on larger class sizes: Giving the most effective teachers larger classes is NOT a way to reward them, but it ...

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.

August 05, 2010

Oklahoma Paper Lauds D.C. Layoffs

The Oklahoman cites the performance-based firings of hundreds of educators by D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee as a rare example of holding teachers accountable.

July 19, 2010

Bill Gates' Speech to Teachers Draws Conflicting Reviews

In his recent address at the American Federation of Teachers conference, Bill Gates ruffled some feathers by mentioning student achievement but managed to draw a largely positive reception.

June 25, 2010

$100,000 Teachers

New York City has announced a pilot program that, with the help of federal funding, will enable select teachers to earn bonuses of 30 percent next year--possibly amounting to salaries of up to $130,000.

June 24, 2010

Group Performance Pay?

Today, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future held a forum in Washington to release its new report, "Team Up for 21st Century Teaching and Learning." The theme of event, and the report, was that teachers working together can accomplish a lot more when it comes to student achievemen...

June 11, 2010

Testing Accountability Causing Teachers to Cheat?

With standardized tests gaining increased importance in education policy, experts say teachers have increasingly been helping their students cheat on the tests.

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