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Chicago officials plan to tie teacher ratings to student test scores

Student performance to be weighed in CPS teacher assessment
Chicago Tribune
With a 90-day deadline on negotiations with the teachers union having passed, Chicago Public Schools can implement a teacher evaluation system that will see student performance count for 25 percent of an elementary school teacher's assessment, ...

City officials plan to tie teacher ratings to student test scores
Chicago Sun-Times
BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporter March 30, 2012 2:38AM Talks on a dramatic overhaul of the way Chicago public school teachers are evaluated ended Thursday with district officials forging forward without teacher union approval on a plan that would ... 

We Don't Need No Education - NYTimes.com
The squares show the percentage of older people with college education, the triangles the percentage of younger people; what we see is that almost every other nation is becoming more educated, but we're not — and, of course, slipping ...
Paul Krugman

Arkansas Supreme Court overturns teacher-sex law
Fox News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state's law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a consensual sexual relationship.

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Public schools struggle to attract male teachers as non-government sector ...
Teachers can earn more money in the non-government sector but there can also be more demands outside school hours, such as Saturday sport. The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities said the national trend was reflected at the state's ...


Arkansas court strikes down law banning teacher-student sex
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY In its ruling, the high court sided with 38-year-old David Paschal, a history and psychology teacher at Elkins High School who is serving a 30-year prison sentence after admitting to having a five-month consensual sexual ...

A blow-by-blow account of fight over charter school bill
Washington Post (blog)
And this 50 percent teacher certification provision, he posited in an ironic voice: “What kind of message does that send to our certified teachers?” Families need options, he agreed. “But if we want to improve education how can we do that by reducing ...

Bobby Jindal-backed education bills near the final bell in Louisiana Legislature
By Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune A vast expansion of charter schools, an overhaul of teacher tenure and establishment of a statewide program to pay private school tuition with public dollars moved within one step of final passage Thursday,...


Teachers Selected to Attend the National Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy
MarketWatch (press release)
Selection was based on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National ...

Florida teacher reportedly resigns after making comment about student's cleavage
Fox News
A Florida middle school teacher has resigned after she reportedly commented about a student's cleavage in class. Joan Bannister, a 53-year-old math teacher at Eustis Middle School in Eustis, drew attention to the girl's cleavage and said she would not ...

Robo-readers: the new teachers' helper in the US
By Stephanie Simon (Reuters) - American high school students are terrible writers, and one education reform group thinks it has an answer: robots. Or, more accurately, robo-readers - computers programmed to scan student essays and spit out a grade.

Physical violence from pupils affects a third of teachers
The Guardian (blog)
Our blogger, who has had over 10 years experience working with children with behaviour problems in mainstream schools and PRUs, writes about his experience: It's an interesting and challenging time to be teacher for children with behaviour difficulties ...

The Guardian (blog)

Fine Overturned Against VaTech Over Gunman Warning
ABC News
A US Department of Education judge has ruled that Virginia Tech did not violate federal law in its response to the campus massacre that left 33 people dead in 2007. Administrative Judge Ernest Canellos overturned a $55000 fine against the school and ...

Recording Catches Teachers Mistreating Special Needs Student
ABC News
Two Alabama teachers have been put on administrative leave after the mother of a 10-year-old student with cerebral palsy attached an audio recorder to the bottom of his wheelchair and caught them scolding him about drooling, among other things.

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Afghanistan: The Ghost Teachers of Ghor
Hayatollah said he was sent to Kahrezak two years ago by the provincial education department, but found out early on that the other teachers at the school did not possess even basic literacy skills. He went back to Chaghcharan and never returned to the ...

Education system holding Mexico back, critics say
Sixty-seven percent of school directors say teacher absenteeism is a chronic issue. Government oversight of the union-run system is so lax, the film says, that the Public Education Secretariat could not say how many teachers Mexico has.


Arkansas high court overturns teacher-sex law
By Allen Reed AP / March 29, 2012 LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state's law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a ...

Arkansas court overturns ban on teacher-student sex
Chicago Tribune
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a state law on Thursday that banned teachers from having sex with students under age 21, overturning a sexual assault conviction against a former teacher who had a consensual ...

Bill to grade schools makes it across finish line tonight
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
The bill grades public schools on “indicators of quality of learning, financial efficiency, school climate, and any other indicators the office adopts shall be compared to state standards, progress on improved student achievement, and comparable ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Arkansas high court says ban on sex between teachers and adult students is ...
Washington Post
The court sided with 38-year-old David Paschal, an Elkins High School history and psychology teacher who admitted having a five-month consensual sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student. “Regardless of how we feel about Paschal's conduct, ...

There is no student loan 'crisis'
By Tami Luhby @CNNMoney March 30, 2012: 9:54 AM ET State cutbacks to higher education are forcing some people to take out more student loans. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Total student loan debt has topped $1 trillion ... but there's no need to panic.

Internationalizing University Education
Huffington Post (blog)
Increasingly, university faculty are realizing that learning "about" the world must be supplemented with an effort to learn "with" it. Interacting with authentic audiences in the global regions or international curricula being studied can bring that ...

Critics: Education system holds Mexico back
Tucson Citizen
Though many have called for changes, the national teachers union has fought changes it doesn't support. “There are talented students that want to get ahead but can't,” L√≥pez says. Mexican public education is secular, free and accessible to all, ...

No school today as Rockford's teachers union still on strike
Rockford Register Star
By Cathy Bayer ROCKFORD — Classes are canceled again today and are stalled until further notice while contract negotiations between the Rockford School District and Rockford Education Association drag on. Several hours of negotiations still didn't ...

Pat McCrory's education plan ducks the hardest challenges
Charlotte Observer
There's also another push for a version of merit pay for teachers, though like the rest of the proposal, there's not much detail offered about how that plan would work, only the statement that everybody knows who the good teachers are.

LA schools to notify parents when teachers are removed
Los Angeles Times
By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times Parents will be notified within 72 hours when a teacheris removed from a classroom because of sexual-misconduct allegations, Los Angeles school officials announced Thursday. The new policy addresses parent anger ...

Assessing the damage to education by 2012 Legislature
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Martin has been a longtime voice for public education; he was president of the Atlanta Board of Education, a leader on several state commissions, head of the Georgia School Funding Association and an unsuccessful candidate for state School ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Report: School turnaround mostly failing in Wash.
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Washington school districts are failing to make aggressive reforms with their more than $50 million share of the money, researchers from UW's Center on Reinventing Public Education say.Teachers are working very hard but their efforts are mostly wasted ...

Oil Region Youth Reject Teaching
Overall, there are about 270000 workers with the Ghana Education Service with a little over 190000 being classroom teachers. But the country has a teacher deficit of 21000, according to Ministry of Education figures. Under the current teacher training ...

6 Filipino boys in trouble with Catholic school over Facebook kiss photos
Washington Post
MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine Catholic school is withholding the diplomas of six high school boys who uploaded Facebook photos that appear to show them kissing one another, an education official said Friday. A day earlier, a Philippine court ...

Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher's Savior Or Bane Of Learning ...
By Devin Coldewey
This is just the latest chapter in a generations-long conflict over the nature of teaching, and to that end it's also just one of many inevitable steps along the line. Automated grading is already prevalent in simpler tasks ... The increasing systematization of education is something manyteachers and parents decry; the emphasis on standardized tests is abhorrent to many, while the human component of essay grading is considered indispensable. To replace human readers with robots – “It's ...

Ryan Budget: Early Education Cuts Would Pull More Than Two ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
The president of the nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association, took a similar view. "The Ryan dream killer of a budget stands in stark contrast with President Obama's vision for America," said Dennis Van Roekel.
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Diane Ravitch: Profitizing Education Puts Our Nation At Risk ...
By karoli
We hated it and we hated his droll method of teaching then, but my Facebook friends and I agree now that he was probably one of the most influential teachers we had. Oh, and he was a union guy. All our teachers were. But that was before the ... After Proposition 13 and in the years since, the trend is to turn education over to the profiteers via charter schools and online learning, all in the name of "budget savings." .... Gates Foundation Grants ALEC A Hefty Sum For 'Education Reform' ...
Crooks and Liars

McKenna, Inslee: Pay teachers, evaluate same | Strange Bedfellows ...
By Joel Connelly
Inslee, a Democrat heavily supported by teachers unions, told reporters afterwards that he would make teacher evaluations “a significant part of promotions in the schools.” McKenna has laid out plans from bolstering preschool education ...
Strange Bedfellows -- Politics News

Senate Education Committee passes education reform bill - WAFB 9 ...
By Jim Shannon
Despite multiple teacher protests at the Capitol, Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform bills continue to move through the Louisiana Legislature. Governor Jindal's Education Reform package cleared another hurdle Thursday. The Senate ...
WAFB - Local News

The Standard | Teachers protest over shooting of colleague
The husband of the slain Kilimani Primary School teacher, Mohammed Omar, speaks to the Press in Isiolo on Thursday. Teachers in Isiolo have threatened to boycot duties until the suspects are charged. [PHOTO: ALI ABDI /STANDARD] ...
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Harry Crews: Teacher of Writers, Student of Life | Florida Magazine
By cbair
One of the South's most acclaimed authors, UF's Harry Crews is a teacher of writers and a student of life. ... long, too long probably, and I never miss a day,” says Crews, who's taught creative writing for more than 31 years to students at the University of Florida, where he also earned his bachelor's degree in English (1960) and his master's in education (1962). ... Crews, shown in 1962, earned two degrees from UF before teaching creative writing at the university for more than 30 years.
Florida Magazine

Pinole Students Give Up Sugar As Teacher Fasts Over Budget Cuts ...
By tjfang
Share this. No comments. Frank Marrero, a fifth grade teacher at Ellerhorst Elementary in Pinole, has gone on a hunger strike over possible education cuts. His students are giving up eating sugar, playing video games and watching TV alone.
CBS San Francisco

Special Poetry Pairing | Adrienne Rich - The Learning Network ...
The Learning Network - Teaching and Learning With The New York Times ... Learn more about our collaboration with the Poetry Foundation and find ideas for using any week's pairing for teaching and learning. .... help you, and guide you. Overall the teachers at my school are kind and understanding, although the ones I respect the most keep their relationships with their students on a teacher level, not friend, and not family like. ” — Hunter G ... Other Education Resources at The Times ...
The Learning Network

Instapundit » Blog Archive » HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE ...
By Glenn Reynolds
And two, opposition to how Western Governors changes the role of professor, chopping it into “course mentors” who help students master material, and graders who evaluate homework but do no teaching. Read the whole thing. Posted by ...

MentorMob Lets Instructors Compile Learning Playlists -- THE Journal
A new Web 2.0 service facilitates compilation of "learning playlists" containing links to articles and videos that educators can make available to their students and others.
THE Journal: All Current Articles

The Millions : Ask the Writing Teacher: The MFA Debate
By Edan Lepucki
Dear Writing Teacher,. Hello! I'm an amateur fiction/essay writer who is committing to writing; I have always loved storytelling and writing, and I feel that this would be the best decision for me to live a happy and fulfilling life. I'm unsure, though, of what I ... MFA programs look at the writing sample first and foremost; what you studied as an undergrad usually only matters (again, so I've heard) when they're figuring out teaching fellowships and the like. .... I think other teachers do the same.
The Millions

Sara Rasmussen: Liberal Arts in the Digital Age: Teaching ...
By Sara Rasmussen
Technology is playing an increasingly significant role in modern education. From iPads to ...Granted, I've been in college just long enough that teachers' inclinations may have changed considerably since my time in primary or secondary school. But I can speak to ... Outside of our lab, there aren't a lot of formal opportunities for learning to use technology (or to use it well) on our campus, and possibly even fewer for the purpose of integrating it closely into the classroom. But technology ...
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