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Do Teacher Ratings Matter to Parents?

Beth Fertig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Beth Fertig

I spoke with a handful of New York public school parents and while my survey was very small (fewer than 10 individuals) the responses weren't surprising.

Dear Davis Guggenheim, Sec. Arne Duncan, et. al

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dennis Danziger

here's what I want from all the good people who lie awake at night haunted by the poverty that is our broken education system. I want transparency.

Joel Klein Pushes For Controversial NY Teacher Ratings To Be Released

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The battle over teacher effectiveness data rages on in New York City, where the United Federation of Teachers is currently embroiled in a court battle...

Debate Over Value-Added Teacher Ratings Hits New York City

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Liz Willen

Regardless of what the court decides on November 24, the idea of holding teachers accountable for student performance seems here to stay.

Michelle Rhee Stay Away from my Door

Andrew Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Andrew Wolf

With a higher testing bar, more rigorous national standards underway, and little instructional direction, New York needs someone who can do more than crack the whip on teachers.

Pablo's Kids March on Washington

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Glenn Beck wasn't there for this rally; it was for the wrong side. Comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert won't be in Washington until October 30. ...

Yes We Need Great Teachers! But Vague, Emotional Rhetoric Can Be Counterproductive

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

By making Waiting For Superman, Guggenheim should assume responsibility for the reforms he's pressing. I don't doubt his earnestness, but his recommendations are vague and can promote untested, potentially dangerous initiatives.

One Thing You Can Do Today To Help A Homeless Child

Mary Brosnahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mary Brosnahan

It's a national reaction to become immobilized when confronted with a huge problem. Time and again, I'm asked, "Yes, I'd love to help the homeless. But it seems so massive -- what can I do?"

Rubber Rooms: Gone From New York City, But Alive Elsewhere?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Justin Snider

Monday, June 28th, was the final day of the 2009-10 school year in New York City, which means the city's infamous "rubber rooms" also closed their doors. For good.

Closing the Rubber Rooms

Michael Mulgrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Mulgrew

In a groundbreaking agreement between the United Federation of Teachers and the Department of Education, we have agreed to shut New York city's rubber rooms down.

Randi Weingarten Resigns From United Federation Of Teachers

Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Randi Weingarten, the openly lesbian president of the American Federation of Teachers, the country's largest teachers union, confirmed on Wednesday t...

Harvey Milk Lives -- in Albany

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Luce

Handsome, dedicated, and driven, Micah is the disabled with cerebral palsy, Jewish progressive, openly bisexual, who represents a swath of Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Education 2008: Winners And Losers

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexander Russo

WINNERS:  Obama campaign staff:  they threaded the needle for 22 months and then (some) got plum DPC jobs. Win! Arne Duncan: from nearly-c...

"Reinvest, Don't Disinvest" in Education: Randi Weingarten Takes the National Stage

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Weingarten's speech was an impassioned call to spare the hatchet -- or scalpel -- in federal funding for education.

"The Great Expectations School" Paperback Gets AFT President Randi Weingarten's Endorsement

Dan Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Brown

Classrooms are ready-made for great stories. Comprised of twenty-some children and one adult, bound by a common mission, they are intersections of you...