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Colorado Should Follow D.C. On Effective Teachers

Zachary Rowe | Posted 06.23.2011 | Denver
Zachary Rowe

This bill isn't radical. It brings data into the evaluative process, but doesn't pretend a teacher's effectiveness can be judged on a single state test. It balances the rights of teachers with the personnel freedom administrators need.

SB 6 Is the Wrong Rx for Our Public Schools

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Senate Bill 6 continues down a mistaken path by holding teachers virtually solely responsible for student performance.

HuffPost Review: The Lottery

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sackler's documentary follows Harlem families who rely on luck to ensure their children's education -- each family puts the child's name into a lottery at one of Harlem's charter school marvels.

Charter schools: Public education's savior?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Making a documentary is always a crapshoot, but Madeleine Sackler is hoping she'll get a little help from the headline. Sackler's documentary, The Lo...

Saving Our Public Schools

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The number of educators receiving pink slips is expected to hit the 300,000 mark by the end of this school year. That's the same size as the entire population of Toledo, Ohio, or Pittsburgh.

A Tale of Two Teachers: It Was the Best of Class, It Was the Worst of Class

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Do you ever feel like you're surrounded by negativity? Sometimes it seems like everyone around you has a bad attitude. You try your best, but it's al...

New Haven's Teacher Contract a Model? Not So Fast

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

The contract's approach to charter schools mandates unionization, guarantees no layoffs, preserves grievance procedures, and keeps in place staff transfer rights. Reform with a union twist, one might say.

Should Teachers Be Selling Lesson Plans?

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

While it is an interesting alternative for teachers to have the option of selling their lesson plans, realistically the culture of teachers nationwide is one of sharing, not selling.

What Randi Really Said and Meant

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Last week, the press reported something that most teachers found unbelievable: Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, said that teachers should be evaluated by their students' test scores.

Spurring Union-Led Innovation: Public School Entrepreneurs

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

When we created the Innovation Fund last year, we asked local and state affiliates to think big, think boldly and think in ways that might go beyond their usual comfort zone -- and they did.

An Opportunity for Kids to Fight Poverty Through Creativity

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Shriver

With a poverty crisis affecting one in six children in America, we need new ways to raise awareness and engage more Americans in this tragic yet reversible situation. Perhaps the best resource for advocacy is kids themselves.

Educating for Democracy: Randi Weingarten's Faustian Bargain

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

More nationwide use of "standardized test scores" troubles me, since they are being so often abused and misused these days in Mayor Bloomberg's administration of the public schools.

D.C. Mayor and City Council Blame Each Other for Shock Teacher Layoffs

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced that a reduction in force of public school teachers had become unavoidable, and schools are in full-on panic mode.

The 'Race to the Top' Has Already Started in St. Louis

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The city's collaboration, support for teachers, community schools and innovative labor agreements could provide a model for the rest of us.

The National Governors Association Takes Action to Reform Teaching - With No Teacher Input

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

The National Governors Association (NGA) and its educational arm, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), are writing national educational standards for mathematics and English language arts to be implemented by America's K-12 teachers -- with virtually no input from them.

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...

Hawkish Union Leaders Hurting Teachers and Your Kids

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

It is profoundly disturbing that AFT, a union representing educators, would elect someone so willing to distort the facts in order to pursue such a racist agenda.

There's Only One Fight Here

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

There is a difference between the last eight years of education policymaking and what occurred today -- namely that teachers' voices will be a part of developing solutions.

Thomas B. Edsall

Michelle Rhee Threatens End-Run Around Teachers' Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michelle Rhee, education chancellor of the District of Columbia -- in charge of the worst performing public school system in the nation -- has laid do...

Cuts Hurt: The Long-Term Ill Effects of Shortsighted Education Cuts

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

When the economy catches a cold, our schools get pneumonia. Today, pneumonia is spreading from state to state, and our students are suffering the symptoms.

"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...

"Bottom Up" vs. "Trickle Down"

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

We tried it McCain's way. We cut taxes on rich people. We waited for it to "trickle down." We let the "market" decide. Guess what? The market failed.