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Teacher Pension Funds Underfunded

Nation's state teacher pension funds significantly underfunded in parts of the ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — As a new generation of teachers replaces retiring baby boomers, financially strapped states face a quandary — what to do about teacher pensions. A majority of states'teacher retirement funds are underfunded, some significantly below ... 

Teacher Pension Funds Largely Underfunded, Study says
Huffington Post
AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted: 03/15/2012 9:27 pm Updated: 03/15/2012 9:30 pm WASHINGTON -- As a new generation of teachers replaces retiring baby boomers, financially strapped states face a quandary – what to do about teacher pensions.

More than 20000 California teachers pink-slipped
San Francisco Chronicle
That cut would be about $807 per student, the equivalent of 55000 teacher layoffs or 17 days of school, according to The Education Coalition, representing 2.5 million teachers, parents, administrators, school boards and other school employees.

America's Education Problem - Sarah Green - Our Editors - Harvard ...
By Sarah Green
Unfortunately, one major stumbling block to producing these kinds of cosmopolitan, creative leaders — the leaders we need to compete in the world — is our public education system. Stacey Childress, who leads the Next Generation Learning group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, fleshed out the scope of the problem. "The United States must recognize that its long-term growth depends on dramatically increasing the quality of its K-12 public educationsystem," she wrote.

Teachers could be destined to lose public support
American Press
Bobby Jindal's proposals to reform public education in Louisiana have not only fanned controversy, but birthed subplots, as well. Jindal's package includes bills that would dramatically alter teacher tenure and provide vouchers for students from...

American Press

Commission's Assignment: Find Best Uses for Tech in Schools ...
By John Murrell
In response to a challenge from the FCC and the Department of Education, a group of experts has formed the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission to look for the best ways that technology can be used in the classroom.

Survey: Teacher job satisfaction takes a dive
CNN (blog)
According to the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, educators' satisfaction with their jobs is plummeting. Back in 1986, about 33 percent of the teachers surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs in public schools.

schools send out fewer teacher layoff notices than anticipated
San Jose Mercury News
By Sharon Noguchi For five years, California teachers have dreaded March 15, the deadline for schools to issue layoff warnings. But in the Bay Area, fewer pink slips were sent out this year than anticipated -- not because school budgets are better, ...

10000 Teachers Share Views on the Teaching Profession in New Primary Sources ...
MarketWatch (press release)
The 2012 Primary Sources report reveals teachers' thoughtful, nuanced views on both their daily practice and critical issues at the heart of education reform - from teacher evaluations to quality curriculum, from the Common Core State Standards to ...

College learning tests might not be the answer
Washington Post (blog)
By Daniel de Vise In Thursday's Post, I wrote about the University of Texas and its experience with the Collegiate Learning Assessment, an essay exam that measures student learning gains from freshman to senior year. The higher education community is ...

Bobby Jindal education bills whisk through Louisiana Senate panel
Bobby Jindal's package of sweeping education changes is set for floor votes as early as next week after an administration-friendly Senate Education Committee on Thursday easily approved a trio of proposals to refashion primary and secondaryeducation.


BC legislature votes to ban teacher walkouts
VICTORIA — BC politicians voted Thursday to put an end to the government's long-running contract dispute with the province's teachers, which has seen educators scaling back their work for months and culminated in a full-scale walkout last week.

WNET's 7th Annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning Honors Educators ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Later in the day Friday, Beth Fertig, education reporter for WNYC radio and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, will moderate a panel of experts to discuss MetLife's Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy, ...

Swiss teacher kidnapped in Yemen
By Hakim Almasmari, for CNN Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- Tribesmen demanding the release of prisoners kidnapped a female Swiss teacher in Yemen, two Yemeni Interior Ministry officials told CNN on Friday. The abduction took place Thursday in Hodeida on the Red ...

Recruiting New Teachers With Loan Repayments
Wall Street Journal (blog)
New York City schools are recruiting teachers by dangling $25000 to pay off student loans, even though the teachers union hasn't agreed to the program yet. As a New York City teacher, you may be eligible for additional income through a wide array of ...

Teacher in Uganda: Why give celebrity status to a killer in Kony 2012?
Christian Science Monitor
As a high school teacher, I grapple with the Kony 2012 video and horrific memories it stirs for my students. Foreigners again look at Uganda as a country of misery, ignoring our progress. We defeated Kony and the LRA rebels. Why not make a video about ...

Christian Science Monitor

Polling, campaign strategy forced initiative deal
Jerry Brown went from resignation over the prospect of facing multiple tax initiatives on the November ballot to announcing a key political merger with a competing proposal pushed by ateachers union. The deal announced Wednesday will give voters a ...

Temporary teachers get brunt of layoff notices in Redwood City
San Jose Mercury News
By Bonnie Eslinger The Redwood City School District this week sent provisional layoff notices to 30 temporary teachers as well as three music teachers and three classroom "outreach specialists," according to district officials.

Analysis: Cram sessions mar La. education debate
Bastrop Daily Enterprise
They also must protect children and set strong standards for teachers. The session doesn't end until June 4, but the pace has been frenzied. The education reform bills zoomed through House and Senate education panels last week, in marathon debates that ...

Education bills advance
The Advocate
The Senate Education Committee approved all three measures despite a heavy turnout ofteachers who opposed the governor's plan, including many wearing red T-shirts as part of a “Wear Red For Ed” theme promoted by the Louisiana Association of Educators, ...

Jerry Brown, tax realist
Los Angeles Times
He agreed to modify his initiative this week to gain the support of a teachers union pushing a rival ballot measure, which would have permanently raised taxes on million-dollar incomes to generate more money for education and other public services.

The teaching profession on sinking sand
South Bend Tribune
Previous research shows that a good teacher is the single most important in-school factor in improving student achievement, but this latest report reveals that the teaching profession in the United States is deeply troubled. According to the bellwether ...

BC teachers' contract bill set to become law
The education critic said he expects the mediated talks to fail, with the government imposing a legislated contract on the teachers in September. Abbott now claims a place in the long list of BC politicians from all political stripes who have failed to ...


BC teachers prepared to discuss campaign of resistance to Bill 22
Vancouver Sun
Teachers say they must continue their fight against Bill 22 because of the deleterious effect it will have on working and learning conditions. But in designing a plan, delegates must also think about the ramifications for students, schools and even ...

Police in Chile's capital break up student march
By Eva Vergara AP / March 16, 2012 SANTIAGO, Chile—Police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a march by thousands of Chilean students on Thursday, the first protest this year by student groups whose demonstrations demanding education reform ...

B.C. teachers threaten to pull after-school role
Victoria Times Colonist
"It's a sad day for teachers and teaching in BC," said Susan Lambert, president of the BCTeachers' Federation. The province's 41000 teachers "are determined to oppose this legislation," and specific ideas will be discussed at an annual general meeting ...

Senate panel passes education reform bills
SB 603 ties teacher job security to student performance measures, and eliminates seniorty protections for teachers when school systems have to lay off employees. The Senate EducationCommittee also approved the "choice" bill, SB 597, which covered a ...

Chancellor Says Some School Employees Were Not Properly Disciplined
New York Times (blog)
One of those teachers has been accused of improper behavior at least six times since 1994. City investigators recommended that the teacher, Jonathan Polayes, be fired in 2009, after they substantiated complaints that he had touched the breasts, ...

Teachers Fight Governor's Education Reform Proposal
WDSU New Orleans
Bobby Jindal's education reform proposal is a step closer to becoming law, but the news is disturbing for several public school teachers. Hundreds of Louisiana teachers bombarded the State Capitol for the second consecutive day to oppose Jindal's ...

BC Teachers will decide this weekend on whether to drop extracurricular work
The Province
By IAN AUSTIN, The Province March 15, 2012 BC Teachers' Federation president Susan Lambert says teachers will decide likely this weekend if they will continue to do extra unpaid coaching work after hours. With the passage of what they call the ...

Interactive Learning Startup Top Hat Monocle Wants To Turn Your ...
By Rip Empson
Over the last few years, we've seen technology start to play an increasingly disruptive role in both primary and secondary education. ... As more and more startups jump into the game, we've seen a rise in “blended learning,” which aims to increase the productivity of teachers and students through the strategic integration of technology into the classroom. .... With this technology, students can ask questions during lecture without interrupting the teacher and receive instant feedback.

My love-hate relationship with learning objectives | Clive on Learning
By Clive Shepherd
I think most people would agree that workplace learning interventions need a clear purpose, closely aligned to the needs of the organisation, and should be directed at helping employees to acquire competences that will help them in doing ...
Clive on Learning

Senate committee takes up education reform - WAFB 9 News Baton ...
By Joshua Auzenne
Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform package is being heard by the Senate EducationCommittee Thursday. Teachers are once again rallying against the plan. ... "I think it shows solidarity to the teaching community," said Johnathan Royer, a protesting teacher. "I think its great teachers unite, regardless of their parish. We unite on the Capitol steps to show not necessarily opposition with what we want out opinions reflected." The panel is now debating the statewide voucher program.
WAFB - Local News

50 arrested as Chile education protest turn violent | The Raw Story
By Agence France-Presse
SANTIAGO — At least 50 people were arrested in the Chilean capital Thursday amid clashes with police during a student demonstration over the quality and cost of higher education. The demo involving some 5000 protesters also saw three ...
The Raw Story

Vatican Website Updates For Church Teaching
By The Huffington Post News Editors
The Vatican said Friday that "wider distribution" of the congregation's teaching is needed in today's world. Major Congregation documents are available in French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Polish, besides Latin.
The Huffington Post | Full News Feed

The Global Search for Education: Is Your Child an Innovator ...
By C. M. Rubin
C. M. Rubin interviews Dr. Tony Wagner regarding the importance of making the teaching of innovation one the highest priorities in K-12 education. ... Are teachers equipped with the new skills required to educate students in this decade? Are curricula ... Teaching students to apply what they have learned requires relinquishing a degree of teacher control, relying far less on textbooks, and encouraging students to take initiative and be responsible for their own learning.Teachers are no ...
Education News

Razer Academy offers a new competitive gaming learning platform ...
By Edwin
Right now, Razer intends to champion the cause of an all new e-Sports learning platform that will target all gamers, ranging from casual and competitive amateurs to pro-gamers, and in order to assist them in this effort, it will be driven by some ...
Coolest Gadgets

Job-seeking teachers guaranteed an interview at Nashua job fair ...
By onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
“The job fair is a great opportunity if you're looking to become a teacher because you're guaranteed an interview,” O'Gara said. ... All teachers are welcome to apply but the district anticipates vacancies in several areas, including: athletic coaching positions, music, curriculum supervisor, elementary education, English, foreign languages, health, math, physical education, physics, ... O'Gara said math, science and foreign language teaching positions are always the most difficult to fill.
Nashuatelegraph.com: Local News,...

Let Freedom Rain: BC teachers to fight Bill 22
By Jymn
While I hate to see the innocent kids get the shaft, I do like to see some fire in the belly of the teachers. I don't know why Air Canada's employees are not thinking along the same lines. When a government interjects itself into the freedoms of ...
Let Freedom Rain

Chad George Hopes Education Will Break Down the Walls of ...
By Damon Martin
It's nothing new, but he hopes education can change all of that. Much like ... “I think it just comes down to lack of education. That's really ... “So as soon as education grows more, I think it's going to help out with all the other sides of it as well.” ...

Education is Priceless | IgnitumToday
By Godwin Delali Adadzie
But before that, fellow IGNITUM TODAY contributor, Anna Williams, has a superb piece on the issue of Catholic Education. I'll love to borrow her quote here: Education is defined more by the student than by the teacher, because what you bring ...

Maine Department of Education | Maine.gov
Designing an education system around what works best for each student. Commissioner ... Ateacher works one-on-one with a student. Crafting a new way to ...

EDUCATION - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mars Area parents, teachers fear cuts will hurt 'growing district' ... Cathedral of Learning reopens after bomb threat ... YouTube Subtracts Racy and Raucous to Add a Teaching Tool ... School directors gave permission to conduct the final interview and hire a full-time teacher to teach Chinese next year to eighth- graders.

Khan Academy: The future of education? - 60 Minutes - CBS News
60 Minutes on CBS News: Khan Academy: The future of education? ... All the while the rest of the world was studying science and math and learning multiple languages ... I think it has the potential for helping teachers learn how to condense their ... I found this video on youtube created by a teacher who has flipped her ...

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