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As states OK school vouchers, fight over public dollars

As states OK school vouchers, fight over public dollars for private education ...
Washington Post
Mitch Daniels, that allows her to use state money for her children's education. “I can't even tell you how easy I can breathe now knowing that for at least for this year my kids can stay at the school,” said the single mother, who filed a petition in ...

OER Textbook Startup Sued By Publishers For Copyright Infringement | Inside Higher Ed: "No doubt, there is a lot of free content out there, and there's a huge role to play for someone to help curate that for students. Boundless is hardly the only organization that's interested in doing so, and it's not the only open source textbook publisher. (There's Flatworld Knowledge, for example). Diaz says that the textbooks his startup has created are "aligned to the subject matter" based on the sorts of topics you'd see on the standard syllabus, but was vague, when pressed, about exactly where that content for them comes from. (Freelancers perhaps.) . . . . There's a lot of opportunity for someone to build an OER learning platform -- to curate materials for students, to make that content interactive, modifiable, modular, and social, to help OER textbooks be more than PDFs. Boundless says it wants to demonstrate that it can be the "value add" to the OER community by doing just this."
Inside Higher Ed

Teachers' union leader attacks Michael Gove
The Guardian
The leader of one of the country's largest teachers' unions has rounded on Michael Gove, the education secretary, over his "unparalleled vicious assault" on teachers, schools and state education. Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, ...

The Guardian

Teachers to be balloted on industrial action over Downhills conversion
The Guardian
The school, situated in the deprived area of Haringey has become a flash point for the government's controversial academy programme after the decision ofeducation secretary Michael Gove to push through the school's conversion in the face of widespread ...

The Guardian

Teachers to strike over academy row
The Press Association
Teachers at a school resisting academy status are set to go on strike, it has been revealed. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said it is to ballot members at Downhills Primary School in Haringey, north London, for action this summer.

Ofsted 'to be barred from classroom' in teacher protest
School inspections in England could be thrown into chaos after teachersthreatened to boycott Ofsted. By Graeme Paton, Education Editor The officialeducation watchdog faces being locked out of classrooms and denied key data on pupils as part of a ...


Political, legal fights over school vouchers' fate
By Kimberly Hefling AP Education Writer / April 8, 2012 WASHINGTON—Students like Delano Coffy are at the heart of brewing political fights and court battles over whether public dollars should go to school vouchers to help make private schools more ...

Teacher to DOE: Kiss off!
New York Daily News
By Rachel Monahan AND Erin Durkin / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS A student at Eric Chasanoff's class at Jamaica High School told investigators the teacher grabbed her elbow and appeared to look down her shirt when he made kiss remark. One of the 16 teachers ...

New York Daily News

Teachers vote for series of strikes this summer over pay rates and pensions
The Independent
Teachers threw down the gauntlet to the Government yesterday by threatening a series of strikes starting this summer term over their pay and pensions. The country's two biggest teachers' unions – the National Union of Teachers and National Association ...

Bullied teachers fear culture of 'macho managers'
The Guardian
More than two-thirds of teachers have experienced or witnessed workplace bullying in the past 12 months, with one in five victims quitting their job as a result, according to a poll published by the teaching union NASUWT. The survey revealed that 67% ...

California teen dumps teacher charged with sex abuse
Chicago Sun-Times
Hooker, a former teacher who left his job and family to move in with an 18-year-old student, is charged with sexually abusing a different student, police said. | Debbie Noda~Modesto Bee via AP MODESTO, Calif. — A Northern California teen who made ...

Teachers' union criticises phonics tests
The Guardian
Hazel Danson, a phonics teacher and chairman of the NUT's educationcommittee, said reading involved far more "than just decoding a text". "You might as well be giving them quite frankly a page of French and they can decode that but have absolutely no ...

The Guardian

Teen student Jordan Powers dumps ex-teacher Christopher Hooker after his arrest
By msnbc.com staff and news services Former Enochs High School student Jordan Powers, 18, and James Hooker, 41, a teacher who recently resigned from the school, talk about their relationship on March 27. A Modesto, Calif., teen student who made ...

California teen dumps teacher accused of sexually abusing another student
Fox News
A Northern California teen who made national news when she and her high schoolteacher moved in together says she has broken off the relationship following allegations that he sexually abused another student. Jordan Powers, 18, told ABC News that when ...

Fox News

Free schools 'wasting millions of pounds', NUT claims
Photo: JANE MINGAY By Graeme Paton, Education Editor The National Union ofTeachers said new primaries and secondaries were being established in towns with thousands of empty desks – often at schools highly-ranked by official inspectors.


The Education Report: California Distinguished Schools and American Indian ...
San Jose Mercury News
"The schools we are recognizing today demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our ...

Parents face threat of fresh wave of teacher strikes
Millions of children face being turned away from school next term after teachersvoted for a fresh wave of industrial action over pay and pensions. By Julie Henry Members of two teaching unions approved plans for a rolling programme of disruption and ...


Teen breaks up with ex-teacher
Sacramento Bee
By Nan Austin and Rosalio Ahumada Modesto Bee MODESTO – It's over, says Jordan Powers, the 18-year-old who dropped out of high school to move in with her former teacher. James Hooker, 41, was arrested by Modesto police Friday on charges of sexually ...

Phonics test: NUT says it will make failures of five-year-olds
BBC News
By Angela Harrison Education correspondent, BBC News A teachers' union is calling for a boycott of a new phonics reading test, saying it risks making failures of five-year-olds. The government in England wants all children to be taught to read using ...

BBC News

Rowan Williams warns of downgrading of religious education
BBC News
Rowan Williams has warned against "downgrading" religious education in secondary schools in his last Easter sermon as Archbishop of Canterbury. And Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, urged Christians to wear a ...

BBC News

Teaching strikes loom after votes
The Press Association
Two of the UK's biggest teaching unions are on a collision course with the Government after voting for further industrial action, including strikes, over pensions, pay and job losses. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) passed a resolution at its ...

Suspensions Used More Against Latinos
Fox News
(AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) LOS ANGELES – To be suspended from school used to entail getting into a fight or bringing a weapon or drugs onto campus, but nowadays they're just as likely to occur for talking back to a teacher, cursing, walking into class ...

Education alternatives needed to serve all
Asbury Park Press
Throughout the last few decades we also have adopted innovative programs for teachingreading and mathematics. Many of these programs have guaranteed that they are the panacea for academic success. However, most of them have lasted fewer than five ...

NASUWT's concern at new teacher appraisals in Wales
BBC News
A teaching union has passed a motion at its annual conference condemning Welsh government plans for the way teachers are appraised. From September a new performance management system will be put in place which the NASUWT says will require more ...

BBC News

Will an Oakland school district initiative slow teacher turnover, or make it ...
San Jose Mercury News
"Since I've been here, we've never had steady teachers," said Da'Jon Ford, a junior at the West Oakland high school. Teacher turnover is one of the greatest obstacles facing the city's struggling high schools, particularly those in the poor and ...

Police arrest ex-teacher who left wife for student for alleged 1998 incident
Deseret News
By Mcclatchy Newspapers (mct) The former teacher from Enochs High School in Modesto whose romance with one of his students drew attention from around the world a few weeks ago was arrested Friday on one count of oral copulation with a minor for an ...

Attacks on teachers
Kansas City Star (blog)
It seems some far-right lawmakers are at it again — public education is back on the chopping block in the Missouri legislature. The numerous attacks on teacher tenure are more cheap tactics from our Republican lawmakers that do nothing to address the ...

Teen who quit school to move in with her former teacher says relationship over ...
Sacramento Bee
It's over, says Jordan Powers, the 18-year-old California high school student who quit school to move in with her former teacher. The 41-year-old James Hooker was arrested by Modesto, Calif., police Friday on charges of sexually assaulting a different ...

School districts struggle to remove bad teachers
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The number of cases is minuscule compared to the number of teachers in New York. How the cases were handled, however, has particular relevance as the state implements new teacherevaluations that advocates say will more quickly identify and remove bad ...

Jordan Powers, California Teen, Breaks Up With Teacher Boyfriend ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
A Northern California teen who made national news when she and her high school teachermoved in together says she has broken off the relationship following allegations that he sexually abused another student. Hooker, 41, was arrested Friday on ... Powers and Hooker moved in together in February, with Powers dropping out of James Enochs High School in Modesto and Hooker quitting his teaching job there and leaving his wife and three children. The two appeared on a number ...
The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

Modesto Teen Tells Ex-Teacher Lover 'We're Done' « CBS Los ...
By Alan Carter
A Northern California teen who made national news when she and her high school teachermoved in together says she has broken off the relationship following allegations that he sexually abused a student more than a decade ago.
CBS Los Angeles

John Lott's Website: The revolution in Louisiana's education system
By John Lott
“This is a momentous day for the families of Louisiana,” State Superintendent of Education John White said. “All students deserve a fair chance in life, and that begins with the opportunity to attend a high-quality school. These policy changes ...
John Lott's Website

The Gods Are Bored: Frank Talk about Sex between Teachers and ...
By Anne Johnson
I'm a school teacher, and let me tell you, even the most rebellious kid on campus, even the senior about to walk out the high school door, yes, even that senior, has a little bit of fear of teachers. Even the students who love ... Teaching is a profession. Teachers should be professionals. Would you think of friending your dermatologist who you only see for your pimple medicine, or your accountant who does your taxes? Teaching is a profession. Students are clients. They are sweet, needy ...
The Gods Are Bored

Will an Oakland school district initiative slow teacher turnover, or ...
By By Katy Murphy Oakland Tribune
District leaders say a new position at Fremont, Castlemont and McClymonds will strengthen theteaching force. Critics say it will do just the opposite. Education Blog: Alameda County | Contra Costa County More education coverage. ... Superintendent Tony Smith is requiring all teachers at those schools to apply for a new teacher-on-special assignment position if they want to remain on those campuses next year. In exchange for 18 extra days of work, they would earn an additional ...

The Wild Hunt » Why Teaching “the Controversy” Means Teaching ...
By Jason Pitzl-Waters
For decades there has been a quiet war against the teaching of evolution in American science classes, fueled largely by conservative Christians who think the theory is heretical and flawed. ...The state board of education, public elementary and secondary school governing authorities, directors of schools, school system administrators, and public elementary and secondary school principals and administrators shall endeavor to assist teachers to find effective ways to present the ...
The Wild Hunt

Administrators, teachers switch places in Katsina
By ojiego
So, what I did when I assumed office was to organize an inspection crew that went round the schools meting out punishment to teachers, pupils and even parents that failed to contribute their quota to the education development of the state, in particularly, the lazy ... Though they had the knowledge of teaching, how to impact it to the understanding of the students appeared to be the problem. ... For example, if a teacher gets the TRC certificate, there is an allowance attached to it. That is ...
Vanguard News

Bb and the Online Learning Marketplace: Blackboard thinks outside ...
By Ray Schroeder
Blackboard announced that it had acquired open source learning management system (LMS) providers Moodlerooms and NetSpot, and launched the Blackboard Education Open Source Services Group. In addition, Blackboard hired Sakai ...
Online Learning Update

The saga of the fireproof teachers continues « Hot Air
By Jazz Shaw
And a math teacher at a high school in the Bronx, investigators said, sent text messages to and called one of his female students nearly 50 times in a four-week period… The New York CityEducation Department wanted to fire these teachers.
Hot Air » Top Picks

California Student Ends Relationship With Teacher
By Jeremy Butler
According to Good Morning America, a California student who left school, her family and her friends to live with her teacher boyfriend has ended the relationship after the teacher was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting another girl 14 ...
The Inquisitr

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