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August 23, 2013

High School Blues, Confirmed

A high school is determined, by one measure, to be the saddest place in New York City.

August 15, 2013

Share Your Favorite Back-to-School Photos

It's the start of the school year. And Education Week wants to see what back-to-school looks like through your eyes.

May 13, 2013

A Voice From the 'Rubber Room'

A 33-year-old public school teacher with Tourette Syndrome in New York tells his story, including how he ended up in the absent-teacher reserve pool.

March 28, 2013

Poll: Teachers Rank High on 'Well-Being'

Teachers top all other professionals except for physicians in overall well-being, according to the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

November 17, 2012

Are Teacher Sick Days 'Overused'?

In response to a national report on teacher absences, columnist Dan Rodricks of The Baltimore Sun wrote that he was dismayed to learn that 35 percent of teachers in Maryland missed 10 or more days of school in the 2009-10 school year. "I'm a union man, but I'll tell you one thing: The men and wome...

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 01, 2012

Teacher-Retention Tip: Lose the 'Martyr Mentality'

In a post last month on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution education blog, a Fulton County, Ga., high school teacher named Jordan Kohanim wrote about her decision to leave the classroom on account of what she felt were unsustainable and deteriorating working conditions. In a follow-up post published to...

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...

June 28, 2012

Report: Make Improving Teacher Working Conditions a Priority

To boost teacher retention and student achievement at high-poverty schools, states and districts must first look to improve working conditions for teachers, concludes a new report by The Education Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit group. The report profiles five school districts that have focused ...

June 27, 2012

Novel Teacher-Retention Idea: Let Them Leave (for a While, Anyway)

In a Huffington Post column, Boston teacher Lillie Marshall says that taking a year-long leave of absence after her fifth year in teaching gave her the "renewed vigor and resources" she needed to continue in the profession and, not coincidentally, made her a much better educator. She extrapolates: ...

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