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Mitt Romney and the Fierce Desire for Educational Change

Randy Turner | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

As a teacher who has students write research papers on the American Civil Rights Movement, I was stunned to find out that I am on the wrong side of the great civil rights issue of our time. It has to be true. Mitt Romney says so.

The Lesson of the Cupcakes: Fix Schools by Resisting Gimmicks and Heeding Evidence

Kevin Welner | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

There are no miracle cures or magic beans. If we increase opportunities to learn, the result will be more learning; if we deny opportunities to learn, the result is equally predictable.

Back to the Basics, Indeed: A Brief Overview of Education Research

Elaine Weiss | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

There is more than enough heated rhetoric about "evidence-based" initiatives in education. Turn down the burners, however, and the research appears quite a bit clearer.

Questions Abound As Districts Shift To Merit Pay For Teachers

| Scott Elliott and Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. If your child's teacher seems a little bit on edge this year, it might not be your imagina...

The Year in Research on Market-based Education Reform: 2011 Edition

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

If 2010 was the year of the bombshell in research in the three "major areas" of market-based education reform -- charter schools, performance pay, and value-added in evaluations -- 2011 was the year of the slow, sustained march.

Has Teacher Quality Really Declined Over Time?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Although the argument that "teacher quality" has declined substantially is sometimes taken for granted, its empirical backing is actually quite thin, and not as clear-cut as some might believe.

Lizzie Schiffman

Chicago Teachers Express Concern Over New Evaluation System

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public School teachers are unenthusiastic about proposed teacher performance metrics for the district, saying they give excessive weight to st...

John Celock

Future Of Ohio Collective Bargaining Law Discussed

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

A defeat of Ohio's controversial new collective bargaining law in the Nov. 8 referendum may not be the final death blow to parts of the bill. Polit...

Merit Pay Loses Luster As Budgets Shrink

Education Week | Nora Fleming | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education

Two competing pressures--decreased finances and rising policy interest--have left the future of performance-based teacher compensation uncertain. A...

State Representative Resigns, Drops Campaign Plans To Join StudentsFirst

Posted 10.31.2011 | Education

Michigan Democratic state Rep. Tim Melton is leaving office and moving to California to join Michelle Rhee's education reform group StudentsFirst. ...

It Shouldn't Take a Tornado for Teachers to be Appreciated

Randy Turner | Posted 10.21.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Except for that tornado experience, which has changed us and our schools forever, we are the same teachers who have been here year after year, doing the same thing that brought us into education -- helping children.

Joy Resmovits

Charters, Choice, Teacher Quality: What The American Public Wants In Its Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education

During a year of turmoil, layoffs and wrangling over the hiring and firing of teachers, American appreciation for teachers reached an all-time high --...

Jordan Howard

Grassroots Teachers Organization Calls For Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was swept into office amid calls for change in the country on issues ranging from the economy to education. Almos...

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Should Make Between $60,000 and $150,000, Arne Duncan Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.28.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Teachers should have salaries starting at $60,000 and the opportunity to make up to $150,000 based on performance, U.S. Secretary of Edu...

Should Teachers Earn Performance-Based Bonuses? NYC And Study Says...

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 09.17.2011 | Education

Teachers who receive cash incentives don't prove to have more positive attitudes toward their work, nor do they yield better performing students, acco...

Joy Resmovits

What's In A Resolution: NEA's Van Roekel Says Language Shift Does Not Signal Policy Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.06.2011 | Education

When the National Education Association held its membership conference over Independence Day weekend, it made headlines for endorsing Barack Obama ear...

Joy Resmovits

To Catch A Cheater: Behind The Atlanta Public Schools Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.05.2011 | Education

Three years ago, Heather Vogell, an investigative reporter at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, sat down with a data analyst to crunch some numbers. ...

Research Calls Efficacy Of Education Reforms Into Question

David Bloomfield | Posted 08.26.2011 | Education
David Bloomfield

Two new reports on standards-based accountability and incentive systems should end the current thrust of U.S. education policy.

Joy Resmovits

Ohio, Idaho Look To Repeal Education Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.17.2011 | Education

Two states are pushing back against new education reforms by putting recently passed laws up for popular vote. We Are Ohio, a volunteer group of pu...

Joy Resmovits

Challenging Ohio's Education Reform Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education

Ohio senators have axed wording that strips public employees of most collective-bargaining rights and mandates merit pay for teachers from the state's...

Charlotte Students: Too Much Testing!

Posted 07.31.2011 | Education

Many stakeholders, from experts to administrators, have opined on the future of America’s schools. But as more and more states pass laws tying teach...

Joy Resmovits

Challenging Idaho's New Education Laws, One Signature At A Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.27.2011 | Education

In Pocatello, Idaho, miserable forecasts cancelled Memorial Day soccer games. But the rain won’t stop Bill Davis, a soon-retiring English teacher at...

Joy Resmovits

Alabama Bill Shortens Teacher Termination Process

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

CORRECTION APPENDED NEW YORK -- On Wednesday evening, Alabama became the latest state to pass a law that makes it easier to fire teachers. The ...

Joy Resmovits

Responses To Public Information Requests Show Names Of Protesting Wisconsin Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education

A recent spate of Wisconsin public information requests forced school districts to determine whether citizens deserve to know if teachers who took sic...

Joy Resmovits

NYC Teachers Counter 'Waiting For Superman' With Film Of Their Own

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education

What did "Waiting For 'Superman'" get wrong? A grassroots group of parents and teachers pokes big holes in last year's blockbuster documentary abo...