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A Tree Without Roots: Astroturf and Corporate Education Reform

Yohuru Williams | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

There is no question of the cancerous effects of groups like PennCAN and the Commonwealth Foundation. It may be years before we know the full range of the damage they have inflicted on our children and schools or how long it will take to repair that damage. One thing, however, is clear: Philadelphia teachers and students deserve our interest and support.

A Teacher's View on Tenure Reform

TNTP | Posted 10.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

For most teachers I know, the debate is personal -- not just because it's about our jobs, but because as teachers who are always striving to do our best work for our students, we want and need to be surrounded by colleagues who help each other by doing excellent work, too.

Donors Matter: Global Warming, Teacher Employment Law, and the 'Political Lens'

Ben Spielberg | Posted 10.02.2014 | Education
Ben Spielberg

The "political lens" reminds us that certain claims deserve a larger dose of skepticism than others. The agendas behind a movement are especially important to consider when we lack in-depth knowledge of a particular issue.

Amanda Terkel

Teachers Union Set To Spend More In 2014 Than Any Other Election Cycle Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A national teachers union is set to spend a record amount in the 2014 election cycle, focused on ousting several conservative governors ...

The True Story of Public Education in America

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Instead of starving our schools of critical funding and pushing market-based, test-driven policies that ultimately fail our kids, we should be relying on evidence and input from those closest to the classroom to find solutions that work.

A Back-to-School Supply List for Administrators and Policymakers

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Some of the supplies listed are for students, some are for teachers, and some are for you, so that you can better understand what teachers need and do. We'll start with the "easy" supplies first -- the literal ones.

School Reformers and Teachers Unions Battle In California Education Race

Reuters | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 9 (Reuters) - A former charter school executive aiming to unseat California's education c...

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

A Teacher's Plea to President Obama

John Thompson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I became a teacher after Supply Side economics and the Reagan era banking collapse devastated our neighborhood. Three hundred houses were abandoned an...

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

My Teacher Family Urges "Yes" on Pending California EpiPen Bill

Megan Pincus Kajitani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Megan Pincus Kajitani

Our toddler daughter stopped breathing in our arms after eating a bite of food to which she was severely allergic. The EpiPen injection we quickly gave her likely saved her life.

An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg and 'The View' Regarding Teacher Tenure

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 10.08.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Your comments and misconceptions about what tenure really means are miseducating the American public, and I'd like to address them here.

It's Not the Firing; It's the Threatening

Peter Greene | Posted 10.05.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Civilians need to understand -- the biggest problem with the destruction of tenure is not that a handful of teachers will lose their jobs, but that entire buildings full of teachers will lose the freedom to do their jobs well.

Field Guide to Anti-Teacher Trolls

Peter Greene | Posted 09.22.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The ongoing online debates about American public education have attracted all manner of commentator, from passionate defenders of traditional public education to dedicated reformsters. And, of course, teacher-bashing trolls.

On Charter Schools, Say This, Not That

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

A handy new guide to charter school messaging ensures that never again will you accidentally say *market share* when you mean *student share* or *businesses* when what you really meant to mean all along was *schools.*

Who Would Replace Arne Duncan?

Peter Greene | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Both national teachers' unions have recently given voice to a popular teacher daydream -- the departure of Arne Duncan from the U.S. Department of Education. But the fantasy of having Duncan go away and be replaced by someone more suitable for the job is a fantasy.

Rebecca Klein

School Districts Are Paying Teachers Incorrectly, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

Nearly 90 percent of America’s school districts have a major problem, according to a report released Tuesday. They're paying teachers incorrectly. ...

Dave Jamieson

Huge Teachers' Union Set To Vote On Boycott Of Staples

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business

In an expected show of solidarity with postal employee unions, the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers will vote Saturday on a proposal...

Missing the Full Picture of Voters Attitudes on Public Education

Celinda Lake | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Celinda Lake

The ongoing discourse before, during and after the Vergara trial decision has tried to blame teachers and further the idea that current policies keep ineffective teachers in low-performing school districts and perpetuate unequal outcomes. Our research suggests voters do not agree with this causality.

But Aren't California's Tenure Policies Unreasonable? Answering Vergara Questions

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Yes, the Vergara plaintiff team has used lots of civil rights rhetoric, and the court leads its ruling with a quote from Brown v. Board. But if this is about civil rights, it's through a funhouse mirror.

Jerry Brown Gets His California Budget, Teachers Unions Get a Harsh Wake-Up Call

William Bradley | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

In a society in which capital has disproportionate power over labor, and in which organized labor is on the decline as a proportion of the labor force, it's incumbent on leaders of organized labor not to make it easy for their enemies to make them the issue.

The Vergara Decision May Have a Silver Lining

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

The decision gives real teeth to the state's Constitution, and that could be a very good thing. It's those teeth that I find fascinating, since an approach like that used by the Vergara judge could put California courts in a very different role than we have thus far seen in the U.S.

Our Accountability System Is Flunking Its Test

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

We have built an entire so-called "accountability system" on test data derived from tests given on one day of the year. It's like applying for a mortgage loan and the bank only asking for a checkbook balance on a given day. If this sounds illogical, it is.

Joy Resmovits

Alarming Number Of Urban Teachers Are 'Chronically Absent'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a ba...

A Ray of Hope: Bureaucratic Disarmament in NYC Schools

Philip K. Howard | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Philip K. Howard

Bureaucracy kills the human spirit. It's that simple. A teacher who is forced to trudge through mindless protocols cannot possibly be enthusiastic. Inspiring students is impossible when the teacher is forced to act like a bureaucratic robot.