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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 06.28.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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.

Joy Resmovits

No Child Left Behind Revived In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

Two years after Washington state largely ditched the No Child Left Behind Act, the much-maligned federal education law will be in full effect there ye...

The $6.8 Billion Question: Who Should Control School Funding?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 06.15.2014 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

At the end of the day, budget decisions are policy decisions. The Local Control Funding Formula can be an opportunity for both the district and union to put real dollars into the promises we've made to our children and our community.

The Recent Supreme Court Decision Gives Even More Power to the Wealthy

David Lyell | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
David Lyell

Teaching is a thankless job. And though the voices of the working class are often already ignored by management, astonishingly, it could get worse with the recent ruling that caps on political contributions are unconstitutional.

Every Kid Deserves a Dick Vander Woude

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Doug Bradley

A dear friend of mine, Dick Vander Woude, passed away recently and his death has been haunting me not just because of its suddenness and serendipity but because it puts an exclamation point on the end of an era of truly top-quality education in Wisconsin.

Stand Tall, John King

TNTP | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
TNTP

To understand, you need to know John King. He does not see himself as an appointed official navigating the notorious politics of Albany. He still sees himself as a boy whose life was changed -- and possibly saved -- by great public schools.

Can Our Union and District Get Along?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

With a range of hard-hitting issues on the table -- like common core, compensation, and school funding -- it is critical that we have productive debate, deliberation and collaboration around how these reforms can be implemented in our schools.

It's About Time: Promising Efforts to Improve Our Schools With Right Amount of Time

Harriet Sanford | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

We all know that the time educators spend in the classroom is just the tip of the iceberg. Grading papers, working with students before and after the bell rings, staff meetings and parent conferences -- these all add to the school day in ways that are rarely tallied.

A Powerful Vision for NEA Teach Plus Fellows

Teach Plus | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Rob Powers We've all heard the old adage: sometimes the simplest explanation is the correct one. In other words, we can create a complicated hyp...

NEA Teachers Stand Proudly with Teach Plus

Teach Plus | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Emilie Hill I am proud to be one of the 53 NEA members working with Teach Plus as a "Future of the Teaching Profession" Fellow. Teach Plus regu...

We Need a Course Correction on Common Core

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

NEA members have a right to feel frustrated, upset, and angry about the poor commitment to implementing the standards correctly. So, where do we go from here?

Oregon Teachers Go On Strike

AP | STEVEN DUBOIS | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 13,000 students were out of school Thursday —and likely will remain so through Monday— after teachers in souther...

Questions About Common Core -- NYS Education Officials Do Not Want to Hear About It

Alan Singer | Posted 04.05.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

As far as I can see, there is little real discussion going on about the Common Core standards. Politicians and corporations who are selling the standards to the public and forcing it on teachers and schools ignore both supportive suggestions and opposition.

The Implementation Dodge

TNTP | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
TNTP

We believe that Randi Weingarten, with principled leadership, truly could be the transformational union leader that the country desperately needs. But her frustrating pattern of reversals should and will give pause to those looking to her as a partner.

Teachers Evaluate Their Evaluations and Evaluators

Alan Singer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The positions taken by NYSUT represent a major new development in the nationwide battle over Common Core, high-stakes testing, Race to the Top, and newly mandated teacher evaluation systems.

Joy Resmovits

Bloomberg Wasn't On Any Ballot, But Here's How He Affected Elections Nationwide

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Though his name wasn't on a ballot Tuesday, perhaps the most influential figure on education issues during the election cycle was New York...

Why Students Benefit When Grown-ups Collaborate for Race to the Top

Sabina Bharwani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sabina Bharwani

This dispute in New Jersey between the district and union falls in line with a national trend. Perhaps the most effective resolution is for the Obama administration to require unions to collaborate and remain active stakeholders in the full proposal process.

Redefining and Rebuilding the Teachers' Union

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

I am pro-public education, pro-teacher, pro-student, and pro-union, but while their interests often overlap, they do not always, and when they do not I favor the students.