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For Republicans, Killing Unions Is More Important Than Improving Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If you care about the future of education in the U.S. then the Republican Presidential debates have been a massive disappointment. The problem is that the candidates all believe the same thing, so there is nothing to debate. In fact, through two debates, education has only come up once.

Republican Education Policy is Idiotic

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Titan of industry, Henry Ford, once said, "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." For an example of a group that has proven to ironically learn nothing from its past mistakes, one need look no further than the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Running Against Government: Here We Go Again

Terry Newell | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

What then might a hopeful, optimistic message for reform of the federal government contain? It would insist on hiring the best people, quickly. The reality is that the federal hiring system is too complex, too slow, and turns off or away good people.

We Can Be Better Than the Audacity of Small Hopes

Arthur Camins | Posted 05.14.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

There were times when our dreams were big. They can be again. The times demand it. A look back at what values and actions have broadened access to a decent life for all can illuminate a path toward greater equity in the future.

Fair Is Fair, But Not Everywhere

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.23.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Children as young as three believe that hard work merits more reward. By the time they enter school, children are like little adults in their commitment to distributive justice. But is this impulse universal?

Education Reformers Are So Gullible

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

The thing voters need to ask themselves is: Who do they believe has the best interests of their child in mind more -- the person who interacts with them every day and is part of their local community, or the corporate CEO 500 miles away who answers to an unelected board and investors?

The Better Way to Improve Education: Invest and Trust

Arthur Camins | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

Democracy, opportunity, and shared responsibility are core, if sometimes contested, and not yet realized, aspirational American values. We need a society in which there is not just more equal opportunity, but more lived equity.

How Money Can Fix Public Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Dale Hansen

Even though the states with the high teacher union rates get better results than the states with the low rates, conservatives still pretend that unions are somehow ruining public education.

Thoughts on Improving Teacher's Salaries

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

There is also little incentive for teachers to strive to earn more because pay isn't based on excellence, but on a fixed salary schedule. This can lead to quality teachers feeling burned out, and underappreciated. With a little creativity, this truth can be reversed -- even for districts on a tight budget.

Education Reform: Unsubstantiated Benefit Claims; Unreported Side Effects

Arthur Camins | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

The drive to privatize educational governance, especially with respect to expansion of charter schools, has two unstated goals. One is to open up the vast education market to individuals looking for a new profitable place to invest their capital. Another is more cynical.

Advice to the New Mayor: Ignore The New York Times

Alan Singer | Posted 02.19.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

In a recent editorial, The New York Times offered Bill de Blasio their advice on educational policy. My advice to the new mayor who takes office on January 1, 2014 and the new School Chancellor is to ignore The New York Times as much as possible.

Anti-Union Front Group Attacks AFT

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Last week the Center for Union Facts (don't believe the name) sponsored a full-page ad in the Times attributing the "high school slip in global rankings" to a single issue: the failure of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to promote merit pay for teachers.

How to Truly Evaluate a Teacher

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Nicholas Ferroni

To me, and most people, there is not a nobler or more important calling in the world than teaching. But, for some reason, teachers constantly come under attack by many.

A Warning to Young People: Don't Become a Teacher

Randy Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Randy Turner

Young teachers from across the United States have told me they no longer have the ability to properly manage classrooms not because of lack of desire, but because of upper administration decisions to reduce statistics on classroom referrals and in-school and out-of-school suspensions.

At Long Last, We Are Treating Doctors Like We Treat Teachers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

So much of this discussion on performance pay for physicians is similar and different than the one for educators. It looks like, according to the proposal, public hospitals specifically and their physicians are in greater trouble.

Ed Today: Scott Walker Wants Merit Pay, Arizona School Funding Screwup

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Scott Walker-Style Merit Pay? Speaking at a Friday convention, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said he wants the state to begin a program that would pay partially teachers in accordance with their ratings, reports the Badger Herald. "One of the things we're looking to do going forward is to put additional resources into public education over the next two years in this budget in a variety of different ways is in part ... put money behind performance," Walker said. "How can we provide an incentive bonus?" 

Nevada Gov. Seeks Merit Pay, Wyoming Drama: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Ed Reform In Nevada? Gov. Brian Sandoval is putting the final touches on his Wednesday State of the State speech, and according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, education will factor high. Merit pay -- a plan in which teachers are paid partially in accordance with their students' test scores -- is looking good to him. "There is money in the budget to ensure we have a fair system by which we're going to measure the performance of teachers," Sandoval said. "Education will be a big priority for me, and you're going to hear a lot about it in the State of the State. K-12 as well as higher ed." (It should be noted that merit pay hasn't been found to work most anywhere -- except in special cases).

Teen Socialist's Big Win

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

A 19-year-old socialist took office last week as the member of a local school board in New Jersey. Pat Noble, a pharmacy clerk, was sworn-in as a ...

Study: Earlier Teacher Raises Connects To Better Student Performance

Posted 11.21.2012 | Education

A new study has found that frontloading teacher salaries —that is, awarding larger raises early in a teacher’s career and smaller raises later —...

Mississippi Budget Pushes For Literacy, Merit Pay Over Pre-K

| Jackie Mader | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mississippi will probably not fund or create public pre-kindergarten op...

What 4 More Years For Obama Means For Education

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. President Barack Obama's victory on Tuesday gives him a chance to build on the education p...

Ex-Intel CEO Praises Arizona's 'Massive' Educational Transformation

The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson | Jamar Younger | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education

Craig Barrett has expressed strong opinions on Arizona's education system. In 2011, Barrett, former chief executive of Intel, told lawmakers and busi...

Extending the Reach: Paying Teachers More Within Budget

Posted 12.24.2012 | Education

Both presidential candidates have spoken to the importance of great teachers and their appreciation for influential educators -- a lot. But even as...

Newark Public Schools, Teachers Union Reach Deal Linking Bonuses To Classroom Performance

Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

Newark Public Schools and the Newark Teachers Union have reached a tentative deal that includes a universal salary scale linking teacher bonuses to cl...

Study: Most Michigan School Districts In Violation Of Merit-Pay Law

Posted 10.16.2012 | Education

An analysis by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a conservative think-tank, has determined that 80 percent of Michigan school districts surveyed ...