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SRC hires teacher-prep program over protests
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Mar 20, 6:28 AM: The contract amount is relatively small for a district with a multibillion-dollar budget: $150,000 for one year of work. But the approval was controversial because of the vendor: Relay Graduate School of Education, a relatively new >
Senate overturns Obama-era regulations on teacher preparation
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Mar 9, 8:08 AM: The Senate voted 59 to 40 Wednesday to overturn Obama administration regulations meant to ensure that new K-12 public school teachers are ready for the nation’s classrooms.
School districts retain more quality teachers than state’s achievement district, study shows
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Feb 20, 6:31 AM: School districts across the state are able to recruit highly effective teachers into specialized intervention programs aimed at improving Tennessee's lowest performing schools, but have difficulty retaining some of those teachers, >
Report calls into question teacher ratings in New Mexico
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Jan 25, 7:35 AM: An education policy think tank that backs the use of data on student progress to evaluate teacher performance says in a new report that most states, including New Mexico, are failing to ensure that all teachers rated as effective >
Teach For America Training Program Spreads In Ohio
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Jan 17, 7:08 AM: Teach for America members have been allowed to work in Ohio since 2012.  The executive director of TFA’s Southwest office, Ben Lindy, says they sign up students who are about to graduate with a bachelor’s >
Montana educators cautiously hopeful for teacher recruitment, retention efforts in 2017
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Jan 3, 7:32 AM: Several studies have found that up to half of new teachers leave the profession within five years. Teacher recruitment and retention are on the minds of educators nationwide, and in specific ways in Montana. Montana has the lowest >
Schools face tougher task in finding teachers
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Dec 21, 6:44 AM: Educators eager to blame Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 for the declining supply of teachers say the evidence is obvious and convincing.
SF district to provide pathway to teaching credentials
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Dec 20, 7:36 AM: Hoping to make it easier, faster and cheaper to become a teacher, the San Francisco school district is going into the teacher-credentialing business, offering courses and training typically administered on a college campus.
Report: Firing bad teachers difficult in SCS
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Dec 12, 8:13 AM:

Firing a poor-performing teacher in Shelby County Schools is difficult, but not as hard as in districts like New York City, according to a new report out this week.

Teacher pay should be higher priority (CER in the news)
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Dec 9, 8:16 AM: One of the most underrated and underpaid jobs in America is quite frankly one of the most important jobs, and that would be teaching. From the age of four, if accepted to participate in pre-kindergarten, to the age of 17 or 18, >
It’s basically impossible to fire a New York City school teacher
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Dec 8, 7:49 AM: New York City is one of the hardest places in the nation to fire ineffective public-school teachers, according to a new study.
Poor students may not have worse teachers, despite Vergara lawsuit claim
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Nov 29, 6:36 AM: As their case wound through the courts, plaintiffs in the Vergara v. California case returned over and over again to a central claim: poor and minority students are markedly more likely to have the lowest-quality teachers.
Lawsuit challenges NJ teacher seniority rules
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Nov 2, 5:14 AM: A group of Newark parents, opening a new attack on teacher tenure, have filed a lawsuit challenging New Jersey's schools' "last in, first out" layoff scheme, charging the rule forces the retention of ineffective teachers and >
1 in 4 U.S. teachers are chronically absent, missing more than 10 days of school
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Oct 27, 7:15 AM: More than 1 in 4 of the nation’s full-time teachers are considered chronically absent from school, according to federal data, missing the equivalent of more than two weeks of classes each academic year in what some districts say >
Tennessee puts pressure on school districts to improve teaching
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Oct 17, 6:27 AM: National and state research shows teachers are the biggest in-school factor influencing academic achievement, and Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said districts must work to ensure minority and poor students are >
BESE narrowly endorses overhaul in teacher training
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Oct 12, 6:48 AM: In a sweeping change, Louisiana's top school board Tuesday voted to overhaul the ways teachers are trained for the classroom.
Former U.S. education secretary rips teacher-prep programs
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Oct 5, 7:02 AM: Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in an open letter to college presidents and education school deans, says the system for training teachers "lacks rigor, is out of step with the times," and leaves them "unprepared and >
Group: Arizona teacher shortage reaching ‘crisis levels’
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Sep 28, 6:14 AM: The Arizona School Personnel Administrators Administration recently surveyed 130 school districts and charter schools around the state to learn of staffing shortages those schools may have faced for the 2016 school year.
Michigan teachers demoralized, union survey says
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Sep 20, 6:04 AM: A first-time combined survey by the state’s two teachers unions reveals widespread disappointment, demoralization and discontent among their members.
America has a teacher shortage, and a new study says it’s getting worse
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Sep 15, 6:54 AM: The United States is facing its first major teacher shortage since the 1990s, one that could develop into a crisis for schools in many parts of the country, according to a new study by the Learning Policy Institute, an education >

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