General Teacher Issues


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Report: Gates reforms brought mixed success, slow improvement to Hillsborough schools
Jun 13, 6:28 AM: Bill Gates wanted poor and minority students to have a fair shot at getting the best teachers public schools had to offer. That's a key reason his foundation plowed hundreds of millions of dollars into teaching reform efforts >
Teaching the teachers
Jun 9, 7:41 AM: Many factors shape a child’s success, but in schools nothing matters as much as the quality of teaching. In a study updated last year, John Hattie of the University of Melbourne crunched the results of more than 65,000 research >
Study Questions Value of Teacher Development
Aug 5, 9:02 AM:

Investments in ongoing training for teachers usually didn’t improve their performance, and schools should rethink how they try to bolster their teachers’ skills, according to a study released Tuesday by a national nonprofit >

Skandera drops student test scores in some teacher evaluations
Aug 5, 7:24 AM:

Hanna Skandera, New Mexico’s Cabinet secretary of public education, is dropping a small part of her controversial program for evaluating teachers. But Skandera says she will keep most of the system intact, continuing to mostly >

Official Bonus Details
Jul 28, 7:23 AM:

Teachers and school districts now have official guidance from the state on the controversial teacher bonus based on ACT and SAT scores.

Teachers Hard To Find
Jul 21, 6:01 AM:

Growth in STEM jobs will outpace other fields but it is increasingly hard to find those qualified to teach in these fields. Universities are working to launch teacher-training programs. Offers insight and context. 

Continuing Controversy
Jul 20, 6:55 AM:

FL teachers speak out about legislation that gives bonuses based on their SAT/ACT scores. Many who didn't qualify and want to retake tests complain they will miss deadline. Explains situation well and includes teacher voice, but >

What Bad Ratings ?
Jul 16, 7:27 AM:

New Jersey published new data today with the school-by-school and district-by-district results of teacher evaluations under the state's new system for rating its educators.

CA Teacher Changes
Apr 20, 7:44 AM:

Series of new bills introduced regarding teacher employment practices. Legislation seeks to increase role of student assessments in evaluations, expand ratings system. Lawmakers opt for legislative action, recognizing judicial >

CA Low Support For Tenure
Apr 13, 8:51 AM:

Poll findings indicate low support among voters for last-in-first-out teacher retention policies, high support for longer tenure probationary periods. Many believe in merit pay, easier process to fire a poorly performing teacher. >

N.J. Steps Up Teacher Requirements
Feb 5, 7:56 AM:

State proposed rules would require additional training time for student teachers and higher standards for substitutes. Proponents argue need for an initially high expectations. Also proposes data collection on teacher preparation >

NC Tenure Questions Remain
Jan 23, 7:31 AM:

Appeals Court hears arguments in challenge against new teacher employment structure. Lawyers question whether lawmakers who currently have tenure get to keep it. Legislative changes make teacher employment protection >

VA Tackles Teacher Quality
Dec 31, 8:23 AM:

Report urges state to increase number og high-quality teachers in poor and minority schools. State officials point to preexisting efforts. Experienced teachers of core learning subjects have increased. 

CO Teacher Pay Disconnect
Dec 18, 7:21 AM:

Reports reveal lack of understanding among teachers about workings of bonuses and merit pay. School officials drafting guidelines to simplify and explain the payment system better. Under a state program, teachers are eligible for >

TFA Tiff
Dec 10, 5:56 AM:

Teachers upset with district plan to use Teach For America to fill vacancies at several struggling schools, say openings result of inadequate teacher pay.  Story covers board discussion, teacher protest, but omits big picture >

Questionable Teacher Ratings
Dec 4, 5:47 AM:

FL releases teacher ratings that show “unusually” high number of effective teachers.  Story questions validity of evaluations, notes instances where low performing schools have high number of top-rated teachers.  Value added, >

Teachers Failing In MD
Oct 29, 9:02 AM:

Number of ineffective teachers tripled after new evaluation system put into place. Teachers with better performance can raise salary, but more analysis must be done before conclusions about evaluations' validity can be drawn. >

The Fault In Our Teachers
Oct 29, 5:42 AM:

Failing school district selected for turnaround initiative blames teachers for issues. Uses irrelevant quotes and comments and omits crucial information regarding situation at hand.

Keeping MO Accountable
Oct 20, 5:58 AM:

MO on track to becoming first state to ensure majority of teacher evaluation results relies on student performance. Hones in on potential new law and thoroughly addresses multitude of potential issues.

Nashville Aims High
Oct 9, 5:44 AM:

District sets goal to hire 100 high-quality teachers in next three months, offering pay incentives and leadership opportunities.  Highlights other program ideas to help priority schools that need help the most.



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