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Yes, Virginia, There Are Bad Teachers

Peter Greene | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

"So I guess you just deny that there are any bad teachers at all." This is a popular retort to various forms of "Your system for evaluating teachers is a lousy system." It is a dumb retort. It is dumb in the same way the following exchanges are dumb.

Education Reformers Keep Saying They Want to Pay Teachers More -- Do They Mean It?

Peter Greene | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

You would think "Let's pay teachers more" would be a fairly straightforward proposal. We could raise state taxes or even use some of that free federal money that DC makes appear out of nowhere.

Mississippi Prepares New Push On Education

AP | JEFF AMY | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

CLARKSDALE, Miss. -- It's early on a Friday morning, and high school chemistry students in Victoria Dawson's class are working equations at the board....

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.

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...

Idaho Teachers To Get Performance Bonuses Despite Voter Repeal

The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho | Julie Wootton | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education

TWIN FALLS -- Even though voters overturned the Students Come First laws, teachers who earned merit pay during the last school year can expect a payme...

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...

How Strong Are U.S. Teachers Unions? A State-By-State Comparison

Posted 10.29.2012 | Education

A study out of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now, a conservative education think thank, examined the strength of teachers union...

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 ...

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...

Even More D.C. Teachers Accepting Bonuses Amid Cheating Probe

Posted 11.13.2011 | Education

More highly rated teachers in D.C. Public Schools are accepting performance-based bonuses than in the past, American University Radio WAMU reports. ...

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. ...

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...

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.

Idaho Gov. Signs Final Piece Of Anti-Union Education Reform

Posted 06.09.2011 | Education

By Laura Zuckerman Idaho's governor on Friday signed into law the final piece of a controversial Republican overhaul of education in the state, as t...

Florida Gov. Signs Controversial Teacher Merit Pay, Tenure Bill

Miami Herald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Far-reaching but divisive legislation that creates a merit pay plan tied to student test scores for Florida teachers while ending...

Common Sense and Jeb Bush's 'Seismic Path' to Teacher Merit Pay

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

He calls test-based teacher performance pay "common sense." The difference is that for me and the parents I work with, "common sense" can't contradict knowledge.

Will Florida, Idaho Merit Pay Bills Set National Precedent For Teacher Contracts?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Across the country, a divisive education reform movement has widely called for schools to hold teachers accountable for their students' performance. ...

Texas Cutting $5 Billion From Public Schools

AP | APRIL CASTRO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas — Public education in Texas is facing billions in proposed budget cuts that would include slashing arts education, pre-kindergarte...

States That Lost 'Race To The Top' Money Face Reform Dilemmas

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

DENVER — It's like buying a fancy dress but having no date to the prom – dozens of states that crafted new education policies to compete f...

Michelle Rhee: Merit Pay Key To Attracting Better Teachers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

According to Michelle Rhee, the polarizing Washington DC Schools Chancellor who resigned earlier in the month, merit pay is the key to attracting high...