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Teacher Tenure

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. ...

Students Need Teachers With Tenure

David Moshman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education
David Moshman

In principle, all teachers should have academic freedom regardless of tenure status. But in the real world of education, the exercise of such freedom depends in large part on tenure. Thus students need teachers with tenure.

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.

Tenure: Use It or Lose It

Thomas Fisher | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Thomas Fisher

Recent efforts in statehouses around the United States to abolish public employees' and K-12 teachers' collective bargaining rights suggest that attacks on the tenure system in public higher education will not be far behind.

Joy Resmovits

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

Myles Miller

Fewer Teachers Get Tenure In New York City Schools | Myles Miller | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education

New York City principals have rooted out their worst teachers as tenure numbers dipped to new lows. Only 58 percent of eligible teachers were grant...

New Law Links Student Progress To Teacher Tenure

Posted 09.19.2011 | Education

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a teacher tenure reform bill into law Tuesday, overhauling teacher performance evaluations by tying it to student ach...

Snatching Defeat From the Mouth of Victory

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

"Let's take the politics out of education." In my many years observing and writing about American education I've probably heard variants of that phrase hundreds of times. It's naïve, of course.

States Keep Pushing For Tougher Teacher Policies

Education Week | Liana Heitin | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education

As the majority of legislative sessions around the country come to a close, many states will finish the season having pushed through policy changes th...

The Time for Term Limits for Teachers Is Now

Randy Turner | Posted 08.30.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

It might take a while for this gospel of term limits to spread across the country, but there is nothing to stop us from trying it. After all, we already have term limits for our legislators. And they're the best group of politicians money can buy.

Joy Resmovits

Ohio, Idaho Look To Repeal Education Reforms | 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...

New Illinois Law: Education Reform or Mere Distraction?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

From the way Illinois politicians have been preening the past couple of days, you'd think they had cured cancer. Nope, it's what they and the media have been relentlessly calling a "historic" new education reform law.

Lessons for Wisconsin -- How Illinois Recognizes Its Great Teachers With New Reform Law

Ellen S. Alberding | Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago
Ellen S. Alberding

Unlike our neighbors in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states, Illinois education stakeholders worked together to craft an aggressive bill that makes our state the nation's new leader in education reform.

Joy Resmovits

Illinois Teacher Accountability Now Official | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.13.2011 | Education

With the flick of Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) wrist, an Illinois law that changes the rules governing how teachers can be hired and fired became official Mon...

Standardized Testing and Its Power

Aparna Vashisht | Posted 08.02.2011 | Education
Aparna Vashisht

I won't be upset if my students don't score brilliantly on the state tests. Indeed, I may be proud of it.

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...

Public Enemy Number One of Missouri Teachers -- Headed Toward a Congress Near You?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

When it comes to surefire bills that all Missouri legislators can support, all you have to do is target one of three types of people -- sex offenders, drunk drivers or classroom teachers.

Joy Resmovits

Education Reauthorization: A Law Left Behind? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education

While Democrats and Republicans mostly agree that a sweeping federal law governing education desperately needs to be overhauled, they are divided on h...

Joy Resmovits

Antonio Villaraigosa: Tough on Teacher Tenure | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.20.2011 | Education

School districts around the country are toughening standards for grading teachers. And if Antonio Villaraigosa has his way, Los Angeles could be next....

Classroom Grading is an Attack on Students

Bob Bowdon | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

Until someone devises a grading system that can compensate for which students have advantages and which don't, the only fair course is to avoid grading completely.

Joy Resmovits

Law That Overhauls Teaching Profession in Illinois Reaches Governor's Desk | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education

A bill that would drastically overhaul how Illinois teachers are hired and fired cleared the state's house late Thursday. The bill, which now need...

Joy Resmovits

How Should Teachers Be Fired? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.12.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- State lawmakers from Illinois to Tennessee are considering laws that could change what it means to be a teacher, as labor policy has becom...

The Smackdown of Those Spoiled Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 06.18.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Last week, by a vote of 5-2, a state senate committee took the first giant step toward a radical change of public education that will make our schools a nightmare for students, teachers, and administrators.

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...

New Jersey Gov. Outlines His Teacher Evaluation Plan

AP | BETH FOUHY and ANGELA DELLI SANTI | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education

NEW YORK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called for public school teachers to be evaluated based equally on their classroom perform...