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New California Bill Would Have Unions Decide About Using Test Scores To Evaluate Teachers

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 22 (Reuters) - The degree to which student test scores in California could be used to ev...

Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

Children Last: California Trial Showcases the Corporate War on Teachers and Public Education

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Are job protections for teachers to blame for educational underachievement among low-income students of color in California? That's the provocative question ostensibly at the heart of Vergara vs. California.

Why Chicago Teachers Support the Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Why wouldn't teachers stand up to abusive corporations that reap windfall profits while providing poverty-level jobs for students and their families?

Time to Stop Waiting for Superman

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.20.2013 | DC
Jason Stanford

There was no DC miracle. Browbeating students and teachers into raising scores on state tests only makes them better at taking state tests, and reforming our schools in hopes of replicating an illusion is a petty crime against humanity.

What We're For

Brad Lander | Posted 07.06.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

It is true that the members of the Progressive Caucus are working closely with labor unions and community groups to help bring about a more progressive New York City? It's not a secret conspiracy. We've been writing about it for months.

Education Reformers' New Target

| Sarah Garland | Posted 02.27.2013 | Los Angeles

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University. The large am...

Joy Resmovits

Democrats Depart Former D.C. Chancellor Rhee's Group | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

Michelle Rhee, the fiery former Washington, D.C.,school chancellor, has danced a tricky tango since starting her national advocacy and lobbying group,...

Rural and Urban Education Needs Not That Different After All

Kate Casas | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

Visiting these districts awakened me to the fact that adults need to reimagine how education is delivered to at-risk children in rural Missouri just as they need to do in suburban and urban Missouri.

Dave Jamieson

Rhee Group Mum On Concealed Carry In Schools | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

Last Thursday, Michigan legislators passed a bill that would allow certain people to carry concealed firearms in schools and other previously gun-free...

Culturally Relevant Education Will Enable A Brighter Future For Hispanics

Glenn Llopis | Posted 10.01.2012 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

At a time when U.S. Latinos are looking to advance personally and professionally in ways that come most naturally to them - universities and corporations must take measures to be more culturally sensitive if they want to leverage how Latinos think, act and innovate.

What Does It Mean to Put Students First?

Brad Lander | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Brad Lander

I hope that a group called "Students First" would make it a top priority to stop the rapid rise in New York City public school class sizes.

Education by the Numbers

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.18.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Given these discouraging statistics, it comes as no surprise that teacher satisfaction is at a 20-year low. Nearly a third of teachers said they are likely to leave the profession. No other industry would stand for this massive brain drain.

What Effect Will More Corporate Ads and Interrupted Programming Really Have on PBS?

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.07.2011 | Media
Pearl Korn

At PBS's recent annual gathering it was announced that the number and frequency of promotions for corporate sponsors would increase during a few noted programs as an experiment.

Michelle Rhee: You've Got To Fight For Our Schools

Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

Controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee sat down with AOL to discuss the state of America's public schools and how her organization StudentsFir...

Twilight for Education Policy's Idols

Conor Williams | Posted 07.27.2011 | Education
Conor Williams

It's hard to notice when we've let our admiration for our favorite education prophets push us to intellectual dishonesty, but hard things are usually the things most worth doing.

Accommodate Don't Discriminate

Michelle Rhee | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Michelle Rhee

Arguing against testing for kids with disabilities is discriminatory. You can't separate them, and to try to do so creates two, unequal systems, one with accountability and one without it.

Why Michelle Rhee Remains At The Core of the Controversies

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Until Rhee's opponents can effectively paint her as a cheat/fraud/failure, it is likely we will see more governors and Republican-controlled legislatures unleash Rhee-style reforms.

Michelle Rhee & Fla. Governor Team Up On School Reform

TakePart | Max Follmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Former D.C. public schools chief Michelle Rhee and Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Thursday that they had formed a partnership between Rhee's ne...

Is Michelle Rhee Putting Students First?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

I wish Michelle Rhee would use her influence to help a million Americans urge their elected officials to pass policies that will usher in a new era of school improvement.