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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 24, 2012

Novel Idea: District Adds Teaching Positions

Here's a unique news item: At a time of widespread budget-cutting and job uncertainty in education, the St. Paul, Minn., school district actually added 110 teaching positions this summer. The new positions, according to the Pioneer Press, are part of a district reform effort that, among other things...

August 23, 2012

Too Good for the Classroom?

Echoing TLN blogger Ariel Sacks, Memphis teacher Brittany Clark wonders why well-respected teachers are so often encouraged by their own districts to leave the classroom: I've seen this pattern. I'm frequently encouraged to move into school administration, instructional leadership and district-lev...

August 13, 2012

The Digital Future: Schools Without Teachers?

In response to what he sees as multiplying signs of public schools'—and teachers'—failures, David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University, envisions the rise of "local Internet schools." These, he explains in a Wall Street Journal piece, would be one-room neighborhood ...

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 27, 2012

New Ideas for Improving Teachers Instead of Firing Them

Ray Fisman, a professor of social enterprise at the Columbia Business School, points to recent research suggesting that—pace the heated rhetoric of some school reformers—'there may be perfectly viable ways to improve overall instruction in schools without firing low-performing teachers.

July 23, 2012

Grow-Your-Own Teacher Program Not Growing Very Many

In November, I wrote about a seminar at the left-leaning Center for American Progress where researchers and educators advocated for expanding local grow-your-own teachers programs to increase the numbers of minority teachers. Grow-your-own programs take local community members and help them become t...

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

For Teachers, Why Does 'Moving Up' Mean 'Moving Out'?

Ariel Sacks recalls an interesting exchange from the day she went down to the district office to submit her materials for her very first teaching job: The middle-aged woman who processed my paperwork was friendly in that way only New Yorkers can be, and chatted me up a bit. When she gave me the th...

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