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Teacher Tenure

Teacher Tenure On Trial

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. On trial: California’s rules on teacher tenure and dismissal. Th...

A Guilty Plea in the California Teacher Tenure Case

Dan Ross | Posted 03.21.2014 | Education
Dan Ross

As much as I hate to admit it, I was wrong. Teachers have millions -- perhaps billions -- of good reasons to be worried about an "AstroTurf" movement that is working against them instead of with them to improve our nation's schools.

5 Ways to Save St. Joe's University

Gene Marks | Posted 03.07.2014 | College
Gene Marks

People just can't afford to pay $50K a year for a college education, even if it's at a good school like St. Joe's. The payback just isn't there. The numbers don't make sense. St. Joe's has to make some hard and unpopular adjustments if they want to survive.


Kate Casas | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Kate Casas

My students could teach our policymakers that everyone should be approaching education with the idea that equality should really be about how to get every student what they need to succeed.

The Unintentional (or Intentional) Downsourcing of Teaching

Tony Zini | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Tony Zini

It is not difficult to see what is downstream from this strategy. This change will not only impact ineffective teachers, it will eventually lead to effective, qualified teachers being driven from the field. Why? The reason relates to how the financial forces in the free market operate.

California's Students Get Their Day in Court

TNTP | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education

In watching video from the trial, my sense as an education lawyer is that the plaintiffs have a formidable case. California could be in for some seismic policy changes.

Meet the Tech Entrepreneur Putting Teacher Tenure on Trial

David Callahan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
David Callahan

Sometimes it seems like the education arena is just one big fight between rich people and teachers unions. But rarely has that fight ended up in a courtroom, which is exactly what's happening right now in Los Angeles.

California Students File To Nix Tenure Law

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

Nine California public school students are suing the state over its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections that the plaintiffs say ke...

We Need Young People to Become Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

It is nothing short of a miracle that we still have so many excellent teachers in our schools. I want young people to become classroom teachers. The first step toward making that a reality is to let teachers know they are wanted and valued.

Why Tenure Matters

Michael Jinkins | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

The dramatic countryside of Northeastern Scotland along the craggy banks of the Don River, a wild stream that tumbles from the Highlands to the North ...

The Sky Isn't Falling on Public Education

Kate Casas | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Kate Casas

We don't want to change evaluations so that the sky will fall on Missouri's teachers. We want to change evaluations to begin measuring and providing meaningful feedback to educators about the only thing that really matters, student academic growth.

A Warning to Young People: Don't Become a Teacher

Randy Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Randy Turner

Young teachers from across the United States have told me they no longer have the ability to properly manage classrooms not because of lack of desire, but because of upper administration decisions to reduce statistics on classroom referrals and in-school and out-of-school suspensions.

Internet Freedom Prof Denied Tenure for Human Rights Advocacy

Christian Sandvig | Posted 06.01.2013 | Technology
Christian Sandvig

Noted freedom of expression scholar Cherian George has been denied tenure by the Singaporean government against the wishes of his faculty. His error was explaining basic tenets of political philosophy in an editorial. I'm writing about it because this is an American problem.

Why I Want to Protect Great Teachers

Kate Casas | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Kate Casas

My third grade teacher was fabulous; in fact, in my 20 years of education I had a lot of really wonderful teachers. However, it is Mrs. Mason who inspired me to take on the challenging work of reforming the way teachers are evaluated, compensated, hired and retained.

Ed Today: Teacher Tenure Targeted In North Carolina; Few Options For New Orleans Kids In Failing Schools

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

North Carolina Bill Targets Teachers A top North Carolina lawmaker has introduced several education reform measures du jour -- including one that would end tenure -- reports the News & Observer. "Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on Tuesday unveiled what he called the second round of education reforms aimed at holding schools and teachers more accountable for students' progress - including ending tenure and grading entire schools," the N & O reports. Last year, he introduced the same bill. But this time around, Republicans hold a veto-proof majority, so one never knows.

An Open Letter to Wendy Kopp

Kate Casas | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Kate Casas

The work you have done to ensure that the network of brilliant people dedicated to improving outcomes for kids is deep and broad is an invaluable asset.

Ed Today: Education Rankings, Anti-Common Core Alliance

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Who Is The Biggest (Educational) Loser? As we reported yesterday, Education Week released its Quality Counts report, one of the most comprehensive education rankings in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, Maryland came out on top. Who can in last? South Dakota. Things like rankings can be a bit trickier than they appear -- for example, some of the differences between states might not be statistically significant. But they are incredibly useful, at least politically.

StudentsFirst Report Cards Fail to Mention Poverty, Crime

Randy Turner | Posted 03.10.2013 | Education
Randy Turner

Apparently, the special interests to whom StudentsFirst is beholden do not consider poverty to be a factor in determining the effectiveness of a child's education.

Mind the Gap!

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why have politicians and others decided to ignore the research and use defective systems to make major decisions about retaining teachers or determining their pay? Why are we not "minding the gap"?

Does Academic Freedom Not Apply to Criticism of Tenure?

James C. Wetherbe | Posted 02.12.2013 | College
James C. Wetherbe

Can the First Amendment protect academic freedom sans tenure? If it can, the academic freedom argument for tenure evaporates, which opens the door to reduce the cost of college at public universities.

An Argument For Teacher Tenure

Randy Turner | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education
Randy Turner

One of the enduring myths propagated by the so-called reformers is that there are thousands of bad teachers in this country who can't be fired because they have been given tenure and their jobs are being protected at the expense of brilliant young teachers who could have saved education.

Supporting Our Children's Future by Grading Teachers

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

Performance-based teacher evaluations must be approached and measured in realistic ways.

How Important Is Getting Rid of Tenure to the Improvement of Public K-12 Education?

Quora | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Matt Johnson, Teacher of Physics, Fighter of Fallacies Okay, so here's the key thing for every...

More Independents Favor Republican Education Views, Survey Shows

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

Political independents tend to side more with Republicans than Democrats when it comes to educational issues, a nationally representative survey by th...

Schools Aren't Factories

Michael Peppard | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Michael Peppard

The current strike by Chicago's teachers has again brought to national attention the long-running debate about the role of standardized testing in the evaluation of the quality of teachers.