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The "Big Lie" Behind the High-Stakes Testing of Student Teachers

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

The TPA in edTPA stands for Teacher Performance Assessment. Student teachers in my seminar suggested a better title would is "Torturous Preposterous Abomination," although "Toxic Pearson Affliction" was a close runner-up in the voting.

Weingarten's AFL-CIO Power

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

I think Weingarten is positioning AFT to be the key in the AFL-CIO endorsement of Cuomo for Democratic candidate for president. Sure, he's playing coy with the press for now by not openly declaring his candidacy, but stay tuned. I think it's Coming To A Theater Near You.

The Troubling Teacher Union Strategy

Peter Cunningham | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Peter Cunningham

America's teacher unions are embracing a strategy that could diminish their profession and, over time, undermine education.

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.

Andrew Cuomo Unveils New York Education Agenda

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Andrew Ujifusa | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education

Expanding the amount of learning time for students and creating a new class of higher-paid "master teachers" are among the major changes New York stat...

New York State Teachers Fight Back

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Teachers' unions now face decertification and an end to collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Michigan. In Wisconsin, the governor and legislature pa...

"We Won't Work For Crumbs": Stella D'Oro Workers Set Precedent for Fighting Back!

Beth Borzone | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Beth Borzone

On Saturday May 30th, 800 striking Stella D'Oro workers rallied in the Bronx for better workers' rights in a bad economy. Two weeks later, is the movement taking hold?