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Education reform protests pick up steam

Education reform protests pick up steam
Washington Post (blog)
But opposition is clearly growing, most prominently over “value-added” teacher evaluation models that purport to measure how much “value” a teacher adds to a student's academic progress by using a complicated formula involving a student's standardized ...

Spain to approve more cuts to education, health
In education, the government plans to approve increases in university entry fees, raise pupil-teacher ratios in schools and working hours for teachers. Rajoy said the medicine price increases amounted to "just a few euros a month," adding that those ...


Teacher Allegedly Tells 7-Year-Old She's 'Too Sexy'
ABC News (blog)
A substitute teacher in New Jersey has been suspended after being accused of telling a seven-year-old girl that she was “too sexy” to take gym. Marco Inskip, a substitute physical education teacher at Charles L. Spragg Elementary School in Egg Harbor ...

California middle school teacher fired over porn film role
Chicago Tribune
OXNARD, California (Reuters) - A Southern California middle school science teacher who once appeared in a porn film has been fired by her school district over concerns the issue could pose a distraction to students, officials said on Thursday.

City teachers reject evaluations
Buffalo News
By Harold McNeil and Tom Precious A delegation of teachers from the Buffalo Public Schools voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reject a proposal for evaluatingteacher performance at six troubled schools, and the president of their union vowed to hold the ...

Buffalo News

Missouri Senate approves education overhaul bill
Blue Springs Examiner
By WES DUPLANTIER AP Struggling school districts in Missouri could see significant changes under two pieces of education legislation passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate. One measure would allow for an expansion of charter schools in lagging ...

Porn Teacher Axed
Fox News
(NYDAILYNEWS) A junior high school science teacher in Southern California has been fired for moonlighting as a porn star. Oxnard school district officials unanimously voted Wednesday night to fire Stacie Halas from her job teachingseventh- and ...

Fox News

Education Secretary Lowery leaving for Md. job
The News Journal
Lillian Lowery, Delaware Secretary of Education participates in the Imagine Delaware forum series installment on education titled "Delaware's Race to the Top" at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall earlier this month. The News Journal/William ...

Victorian teachers are preparing for rolling stoppages. Source: AAP
Herald Sun
TEACHERS are preparing for rolling stoppages from June after wage talks with the State Government broke down. The Australian Education Union said it was digging in for a long fight and industrial action was its only option after eight months of failed ...

Testing the Teachers
New York Times
Colleges are supposed to produce learning. But, in their landmark study, “Academically Adrift,” Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa found that, on average, students experienced a pathetic seven percentile point gain in skills during their first two years in ...

New York Times

Stop Hating, Start Teaching
Huffington Post
In fact, I have sat stewing about this friend's post, the 19 people who liked it, and the many times I have had to defend high school teachers to those in higher education since I left the high school classroom and transitioned into teaching community ...

Premier urges teachers to abandon strike plans
ABC Online
By state political reporter Alison Savage The Premier, Ted Baillieu, has urged Victoria's teachersto abandon plans to strike later this year. Pay negotiations broke down on Thursday after the Australian Education Union (AEU) rejected the Government's ...

" Education board mulls ban on Indian mascots"
Bend Bulletin
The Oregon State Board of Education was presented Thursday with a draft resolution to retire all American Indian mascots from Oregon schools. By Steven DuBois / The Associated Press SALEM — A draft resolution presented to the state Board of Education ...

Science teacher told to stop teaching about creationism
Burlington Times News
The Wake County school system has told a middle school science teacher to stop giving assignments about creationism as part of the study of the theory of evolution. School officials say the assignment, in which the teacher gave his students the option ...

18-year-old Modesto student moves back in with ex-teacher
The former Enochs High School business teacher and his former student became international news in February after Hooker left his wife and three daughters and quit his teaching job to live with Powers. One of his children attends Enochs.


Students Rally Behind Malloy's Education Reforms
CT Newsjunkie
Dannel P Malloy's education reform package highlighted the importance of school choice, improved curriculum, and tenure reform at a Capitol rally Thursday. During a six minute speech, Malloy echoed the students' cries for more stringent teacher ...

Kansas revokes license of teacher accused of delaying child abuse report
Kansas City Star
AP WICHITA -- The Kansas Board of Education has taken the unusual step of revoking the license of a teacher who was accused of failing to promptly report suspected child abuse. The Wichita Eagle reported that Donna L. Ford, 51, surrendered her license ...

Madison teachers to sue in pay fight
The Detroit News
By Shawn D. Lewis Madison Heights— Teachers in the Madison District Public Schools plan to file suit today against the district for imposing retroactive 10 percent pay cuts that take effect today. Bobby Robinson, a representative for the Madison ...

Shuttering of Imagine charter schools in St. Louis is daunting
Here are schools that have closed: Nationally, charter schools have a 15 percent closure rate, according to the Center for Education Reform. Its 2011 report says that of about 6700 charter schools opened nationwide, more than 1030 have closed since ...

Teachers in Madison Schools wearing black Friday to protest pay cuts
(WXYZ) - Teachers in Madison District Public Schools are wearing black on Friday to protest imposed pay cuts. Starting today, their paychecks will be cut by 10 percent. The cuts are retroactive to the beginning of the school year.


3 area districts get teacher grants
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
“Teachers are our most important asset in driving school performance,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said. “We are putting education and fiscal policy together.” He announced the recipients of Indiana's Excellence in Performance for ...

Shuttering of St. Louis Imagine schools is daunting
LOUIS • As they move to close down a network of St. Louis charter schools over the next several weeks, state education officials face a task as monumental and complicated as dismantling an entire school district. As many as 3800 children — or about 11 ...

Education board grapples with loss of power over textbooks
Austin American-Statesman
By Kate Alexander The State Board of Education, long the gatekeeper to the enormous textbook market in Texas, has lost control over which materials enter public school classrooms. Lawmakers last year passed legislation that untethered the $792 million ...

Should teachers 'friend' students?
Schools in New York City and Florida have disciplined teachers for Facebook activity, and Missouri legislators recently acquiesced to teachers' objections to a strict statewide policy. In the New York cases, one teacher friended several female students ...


Protesting teachers scuffle with police at Grand Serail
The Daily Star
BEIRUT: A handful of protesting teachers engaged in a brief tussle with Lebanese police Friday as they tried to force their way into the Grand Serail. About half a dozen public school teacherstook part in a tug-of-war with policemen over a metal ...

Reflections on a Teaching Career
Huffington Post
I never intentionally aimed to be a teacher. That said, I also never regretted being one and I hope to continue, if not at an academic level, then privately. My own entry into teaching was by giving master classes at schools and for young artists in ...

Monsieur Lazhar
Peering through the rectangular glass, he sees the body of his teacher (Héléna Laliberté) hanging from a steampipe. Another director might zoom in for full impact; Falardeau pulls back and lets his camera wander the halls in shock, capturing the ...

Ex-Calif. teacher with teen lover accused of '98 sex crime
By Michael Winter, USA TODAY A former central California high school teacher who left his wife and children to live with an 18-year-old student was arrested today for allegedly having sex with another teen in 1998, according to news reports from ...


Malloy's education consultant arouses union fears
Ct Post
Unionized teachers and a leading state lawmaker take the privatization proposals -- including plans to circumvent teacher contracts and public bidding procedures -- as major threats, underscored by the company's track record in creating individual ...

Local schools get funds to reward top teachers
Muncie Star Press
It will not be implementing teacher evaluations until the 2013-14 school year, because the district's contract with teachers does not expire until the end of the next school year. The grant, created by the General Assembly during the 2011 session, ...

elearnspace › Remaking education in the image of our desires
By gsiemens
Almost unanimously, teachers, parents, students, politicians, and random people who like having opinions, are declaring education broken. This “it's broken” ... Online learning has grown consistently over the last decade (see Sloan-C image below). Judging from current .... The real problem arises when the focus turns to “accountability to what” and “who defines a goodteacher”. If a good teacher is .... universities can use to develop their own teaching and learningmodels. Blackboard ...

Working Conditions Are Terrible for Teachers in [Nearby City] « Hot Air
By Mike Antonucci
“Across the state there are 1655 fewer teachers, 765 fewer aides, 776 fewer education support professionals – the result larger class sizes, fewer opportunities for students and less help for students who are struggling.” Important .... NoDonkey on April 19, 2012 at 3:52 PM. Wisconsin is a case study on Teacher's Unions. The WEA Trust had a very nice cash cow going until that mean ole Scott Walker came to town. Yes… not the teachers. VietVet_Dave on April 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM ...
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Can Apps Change Education? - PSFK
This article titled “Dan Snow says apps can 'radically change the way we work in schools'” was written by Stuart Dredge, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 19th April 2012 10.23 UTC. “I can only assure you, I have all the zealotry and passion of a ...

8 Area Teachers Receive National Child Care Award « CBS Philly
By Mike Dougherty
The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation and Children's Tylenol presented the 2012 National Child Care Teacher Awards Thursday night at the Please Touch Museum. Eight of the 52 recipients are from the Philadelphia area.
CBS Philly

Delaware Secretary Of Education Named Next Maryland State ...
By rakates
The Maryland State Board of Education announced Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, Secretary of Educationfor the Delaware Department of Education, has been selected the State's next State Superintendent of Schools.
CBS Baltimore

What is Higher Education for? « unsettling economics
By mperelman
The comments divided relatively predictable ways, according to whether the commentor were inclined toward Republican or Democratic policies, but relatively little energy was given to the question of the value of higher education. Most people can appreciate the beneficial ... My own first learning experience in higher education had little to do with a classroom. I found myself in contact with a much wider variety ... Consequently, I pay to keep teaching. I have good relationships with my ...
unsettling economics

Prize-winning teacher admits to plagiarism - The Nation
A Suphan Buri-based teacher has been stripped of a Thailand Innovative Teachers Leadership Award after confessing that his prizewinning software... ... The message appeared on the wall of the Thailand Partners in Learning page.
NationMultimedia.com - National

Alabama education chief broadens probe scope for Birmingham ...
By Marie Leech -- The Birmingham News
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama state education Superintendent Tommy Bice and members of his investigative team met with the Birmingham school board behind closed doors for about an hour this afternoon to outline exactly what he expects of the board over the next two months. Bice said the meeting ... Richardson said his first order of business will be to schedule interviews with the board, community, administrators and teachers to "try to gain some baseline data." His ultimate ...
Breaking News from The Birmingham News

Education could use some systematic evaluation « Statistical ...
By Andrew
Eric Loken and I said as much in the context of statistics teaching, but the principle of measuring outcomes makes sense more generally. (Issues of measurement and evaluation are particularly salient to statisticians, given that we strongly ...
Statistical Modeling, Causal...

Blog Archive » Northrop Grumman funds space education center
By Amy Gillentine
The Northrop Grumman Science Center will include a Science on a Sphere laboratory and ateaching facility that will be used for science, technology, engineering and mathematicseducation programs for teachers and students, as well as for ... “We envision a facility where children and adults can participate in highly interactive learning opportunities in multiple disciplines, including astronomy, physics, mathematics, geography, environmental sciences, planetary sciences and biology.
Colorado Springs Business Journal

A Teacher's Treasure: Teacher-Student Reading Conference Freebie!
By Mor Zrihen
I had a rough parent teacher conference yesterday afternoon and was very close to loosing my teaching license and cursing out that mother. PSYCHO!!!!! I had to bite my tongue - literally! Those od you who have read previous posts of mine, ...
A Teacher's Treasure

Egg Harbor City Teacher Marco Inskip Suspended For Allegedly ...
By jcap17
Henry Wilson was furious Thursday as he showed CBS 2 News what his 7-year-old daughter was wearing at her New Jersey school recently when he said a teacher said inappropriate words to her.
CBS New York

Oxnard Middle School Teacher Fired After Appearing In Porn « CBS ...
By Lauren
OXNARD (CBS) — A Ventura County middle school teacher has been fired after appearing in a pornographic movie. The Oxnard School District board voted to fire Stacie Halas, 32, Wednesday night in a closed doors session. She taught ...
CBS Los Angeles

Foolish teacher arrested for firing blanks at his students
To say that this indicative of the behavior of all public school teachers is simply not ... hardest-working people I know taught or are teaching in the public schools.

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