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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.

August 03, 2010

When Calling in Sick Doesn't Cut It

A Brooklyn teacher goes to extreme measures to avoid her classroom observation.

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 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.

July 14, 2010

What About Student Accountability?

A psychology professor at the University of Virginia believes that teachers aren't the only ones in schools who need to be held accountable.

July 07, 2010

Number Crunching the Value of a Teacher

An education blogger thinks that the statistical fanaticism of baseball's sabermetrics applied to the teaching profession could have beneficial results.

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 ...

June 18, 2010

Teacher Suggests How to Assess Teacher Performance

A first-year, second-career teacher suggests how to make test-based accountability fairer for teachers.

June 01, 2010

Debating Test-Based Evaluations

An education professor argues that efforts to tie teachers' professional status to student test scores could stifle good instruction. Is he right?

May 24, 2010

Monday Reading: The Unions and Race to the Top

The education-policy community is abuzz over an article by journalist Steven Brill that appeared in the New York Times Magazine yesterday (though it's been online for a few days). Titled "The Teachers' Unions' Last Stand," the piece looks at the powerful reform forces that have coalesced around the ...

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