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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 >
Nashville Teacher Residency program tackles diversity
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Sep 6, 6:40 AM: A new teacher residency program led by former Mayor Karl Dean's education nonprofit, Project Renaissance, hopes to address the need for a more diverse teacher base in Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Fixing terms for up to 5,000 teachers could avert possible strike
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Aug 26, 6:29 AM: Finding a way to hold harmless up to 5,000 teachers who have maxed out on their pay raises for education and seniority may be the key to averting Chicago’s second teachers strike in four years.
Teachers, city schools urged to overhaul policies
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Aug 22, 7:30 AM: The Boston Municipal Research Bureau, in a report it plans to release Monday, says such changes are necessary to boost the quality of teaching and learning so the school system can compete more aggressively with independently run >
The nation’s teacher force lacks diversity, and it might not get much better
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Aug 18, 8:03 AM: Persistent achievement gaps among black and Hispanic students have confounded education experts for years. One strategy researchers have found to be successful at narrowing the gaps is a simple one: Employ more minority teachers, >
State Supreme Court agrees: SRC can’t cancel teacher contract
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Aug 16, 5:40 AM: The Philadelphia School Reform Commission's nearly two-year battle to cancel the city teachers' union contract and impose new work rules to save money was soundly defeated again Monday.
New rule sparks debate over teacher preparation, hiring process
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Jul 27, 6:14 AM: A new rule adopted by the State School Board that would allow schools to hire people with professional expertise but who may not have teaching experience sparked debate among teachers, administrators and education >

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