General Teacher Issues
- Rewarding Top Teachers
NM Gov wants to reward top teachers. Recommendations expected in Sept. Great step to reward performance. Public support seems to be catching on here too. Retaining the best teachers will boost student achievement.
Apr 27, 8:13 AM:
- Importance Of Advanced Degrees
NV teachers worried about losing extra pay for advanced degrees because research shows they have little impact on student achievement. No details about research. Tell us source of info, who did the research, and impact on >
Apr 26, 2:55 PM:
- Proper Praise For IL Reform
Editorial voices support for education reform bill in IL legislature. Praises switch to performance-based layoffs, streamlined dismissal process and power for Chicago school boards to increase hours and days.
Apr 22, 6:15 AM:
- Technicality Trumps Teaching
State audit found school district withheld 2009 pay for retired substitute until 2010; board president says had no choice when state denied exemption. Case of bureaucracy impeding what’s best for students.
Why was one >
Apr 18, 11:27 AM:
- Teach for America Now in Ohio
Gov Kasich intends to sign bill that will open Ohio classrooms to Teach for America participants. Teachers unions, opponents say inexperienced instructors will put students at disadvantage. No data to back that claim.
Apr 14, 10:20 AM:
- Try Again On Teacher Contract Savings
NJ Gov says bill to force districts to use money saved from renegotiating contracts to avoid layoffs is unclear and doesn't encourage "shared sacrifice." Makes changes and returns to Legislature. Good update, but framing it in >
Apr 12, 1:43 PM:
- RI Rep Needs Lesson On Charters
Bill introduced that would allow private and charter school teachers to purchase retirement credit from state. Analyze more data, such as cost of program.
Rep calls charters "for-profit" schools. Charters are public >
Apr 8, 5:25 AM:
- AL On Eval Bandwagon
Bill proposes AL teachers can be fired for "consistent or pervasive record of inadequate student achievement." All attention given to teacher outcry on this and potential pay cuts. How about info on how this would help students? >
Apr 5, 6:21 AM:
- Criticizing Credentials
No push beyond quotes from Teach For America skeptics in OH reacting to legislation. Frown upon lack of traditional credentials and certification. Because those are proving to work so well? Don't think so.
Mar 25, 3:23 PM:
- Lamenting New FL Law
Governor's Office official photo
FL Gov signs bill tying teacher evaluations to student performance. Quotes from teachers who think law is too harsh. You mention tenure in title but fail to even explain what it is and how it keeps subpar teachers in classrooms. >
Mar 25, 5:07 AM:
- Retiree Resurgence?
RI Commissioner urges lawmakers to pass bill permitting retired teachers to work as contractors to help implement new standards. Only "the very best" will be selected -- and that would be how? Is eval system reliable?
Mar 24, 7:35 AM:
- Jersey Fight To Continue?
NJ governor's task force on teacher evaluations calls for student performance to be a central part of the new system. Fighting continues in state over how to fix evaluation system and is becoming less about working toward a >
Mar 15, 6:36 AM:
- Down And Out?
OK City board dismisses teacher from school that has lost 24 this year through resignation or firing. Failed to file required special ed plans. Percentage of turnover said to be high but compared to what? Under "turnaround" of >
Mar 11, 12:11 PM:
- Shortening “You’re Fired” Process
Competing OK bills deal with firing a "career" teacher. One would make decision by school board to fire final, ending teacher's ability to appeal to court. The other would allow career teacher fired by school board to request >
Mar 9, 4:22 AM:
- Bare the Bills
ID legislators debate two bills -- one to end teacher tenure and ignore seniority when enacting layoffs and the other to institute performance-based pay. Third bill that would cut nearly 800 jobs (via laptop computers) and >
Mar 8, 8:55 AM:
- Alternatives to Finding Teachers
Alternative teacher pathway signed into law in MN this week. Specific to math and science teachers, where there is often a shortage, bill will make it easier for college-educated professionals in these fields to receive a >
Mar 8, 8:49 AM:
- Walk Down New Path
New MN law creates alternative avenues to becoming a licensed teacher, in effort to close nation's second-highest achievement gap. Lets unlicensed teachers work in underperforming schools. Take a look at how new teachers will be >
Mar 8, 8:46 AM:
- Testing Merit Of Evaluation Excuses
Suggested statewide evaluation system taking heat for not being best way to measure NJ teacher effectiveness, especially when working with atypical students. Challenges shouldn't be an excuse to lower standards -- no mention of >
Mar 7, 1:00 PM:
- Will Sun Shine on Reform?
FL legislative session begins this week and education reform bills on the table again. Second chance to pass bill that would end tenure and introduce performance pay and achievement-based evaluations. Last year, fight against >
Mar 7, 8:17 AM:
General Teacher Issues