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November 30, 2011

N.Y. Principals Turning Against New Evaluation System

More than 650 principals in New York have signed a letter protesting the new teacher-evaluation system the state is implementing as part of its Race to the Top agenda, according to an article in the New York Times. Points of contention include the allegedly haphazard way the system was put together,...

October 05, 2011

New Evaluation System Faces Backlash

Tennessee's newly implemented teacher-evaluation program is getting a less than enthusiastic reception from many educators, with some even abandoning the classroom because of it, according to a story in The Tennessean. The new evaluation program, developed in connection with the federal Race to th...

January 27, 2011

Obama on Teachers as 'Nation Builders'

In Tuesday's education-heavy state of the union address, President Obama gave repeated nods to teachers--and the critical role they'll play in rebuilding the U.S. economy.

January 03, 2011

Duncan: NCLB Needs More Flexibility, Better Tests

In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlights several areas where Democrat and Republican lawmakers should be able to agree when it comes to revamping the No Child Left Behind Act.

September 15, 2010

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee: What Lies Ahead?

H/T to Bill Turque of the Washington Post for noticing some questionable last-minute campaigning from D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who lost the Democratic primary for mayor to Vincent Gray on Tuesday. (Considering the District's heavy Democratic lean, Gray is now a virtual lock to become the next mayor...

August 24, 2010

Speaking the Truth About Teachers and Test Scores?

John Merrow of Learning Matters defends the recent L.A. Times series that analyzes individual teachers' effectiveness—with names named—in connection with student test scores

August 18, 2010

The L.A. Times Test-Data Controversy: What Do You Think?

That Los Angeles Times series that analyzes district test-score data in connection with teacher effectiveness has created an absolute firestorm of controversy. Want to talk about it? Well, we've created a forum where you can do just that. It would be great to hear what teachers themselves have to sa...

July 26, 2010

Reactions to Rhee

Valerie Strauss, in the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog, argues that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's decision to fire 165 teachers for poor performance last week was driven by a dubious teacher-evaluation system.

July 02, 2010

Teachers Take to the Streets

In May, Chris Janotta, an Illinois language arts teacher, started the website Save Our Schools Million Teacher March. The plan was to organize a march in Washington on July 30th to protest a lack of respect for the teaching profession. On his website, Janotta mentions high stakes testing, unfair ...

July 02, 2010

Getting the HR Perspective on Race to the Top

The HR director of Delaware's Department of Education discusses the impact that winning Race to the Top has had on her state thus far.

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