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January 28, 2013

Principal's Value-Added Score Oops

A Florida middle school principal accidentally emailed her teachers' evaluation scores to the entire school staff--value-added measures and all.

December 31, 2012

2012's Educators of the Year

Michael Petrilli of the conservative-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute dubs Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, the "2012 Education Person of the Year." But the real education people of the year gave their lives for their students at Sandy Hook.

October 26, 2012

AFT Pres. Weingarten Tested in Social-Media Exchange

For several hours—while traveling on a bus through Florida—Weingarten participated in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on the popular social news site. She answered questions on everything from Common Core (which she called "a big opportunity") to absent-teacher reserves ("I tried to close the Rubber Room several times") to her salary (around $360k, or 3.5 times what she could have made as a teacher in NYC). She also faced numerous accusations that she was dodging, cherry-picking, and "spouting talking points." One redditor chided her: "Don't shake the bee's nest if you're allergic."

September 19, 2012

The Chicago Strike: Who Won?

Diane Ravitch argues that, regardless of the exact details of the contract, the teachers came out victorious in the Chicago strike simply by displaying their strength.

September 11, 2012

The Chicago Strike: Competing Viewpoints

Commentators flesh out issues and take sides in the Chicago teachers' strike.

August 30, 2012

Chicago Union Files Strike Notice

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk This item originally appeared on Education Week's Teacher Beat blog. Unable to reach a contract with the school district, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union today filed a notice of intent to strike with the state's labor relations board, a move that allows...

August 02, 2012

TNTP Findings Resonate With Teachers

Miss Eyre, a unionized teacher, surprises even herself by reacting favorably to the new report on teacher attrition by TNTP, a group that has been critical of policies supported by the unions.

July 03, 2012

Overheard at NEA: Professional Respect, School-Funding, and Politics Are Top Priorities

While at the NEA convention today, I flagged down a few delegates from a sampling of states and asked the following: What should be NEA's main priority right now? The major theme at the convention so far has been the union's push to re-elect President Barack Obama. Do you agree this is where the org...

July 03, 2012

NEA 2012: It's All About Obama

Campaign rally or Representative Assembly? At some points yesterday it was hard to tell. The 8,000 or so delegates of the nation's largest teachers' union gathered in Washington for their annual convention heard one message above all others: Vote for Obama in November. Just outside the assembly ...

June 07, 2012

Inside a Teacher's Termination Hearing

The Washington Post's Emma Brown takes a deep dive into the proceedings surrounding a tenured Virginia teacher's fight against termination. The piece illustrates the complexity of defining what makes a good or bad teacher—especially in a district like Fairfax County, which has historically not ...

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