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Release of City Teachers' Rankings Prompts Review

Release of City Teachers' Rankings Prompts Lawmakers to Weigh Limiting Access
New York Times
Ever since New York City's Education Department released 18000 public-school teachers' performance rankings, generating news coverage about the lowest and highest scorers, there has been talk in Albany of preventing a repeat. 

Early Education Faces 'Crisis' As Funding Plummets, Report Says
Huffington Post
She's learning the alphabet and can spell her name. Diamanda's mother, Saran Dore, who lives in the Bronx and sends her daughter to a preschool program administered by the New York City-based non-profit Children's Aid Society, is one of many low-income ...

Michigan teacher says she was fired over Trayvon fundraiser
A national civil rights group is calling on a Pontiac charter school to reinstate a teacher who said she was fired for helping students organize a fundraiser to benefit the family of Trayvon Martin. By Joe Raedle, Getty Images A memorial for Trayvon ...

Quinn gets silent treatment from teachers at conference
Irish Independent
By Independent.ie reporters and Press Association EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn got the silent treatment from teachers today when he addressed a conference and warned that small and rural schools could fact cuts and that the gravity of the fiscal ...

Irish Independent

Civil rights group: Michigan teacher fired for helping students with Trayvon ...
Washington Post
DETROIT — A teacher in southeastern Michigan has been fired for helping students organize a fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer, a national civil rights group said.

Teachers defend 'essential' six-week summer holiday
The National Union of Teachers is opposing plans to cut the traditional six-week summer holiday. Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Graeme Paton, Education Editor The National Union of Teachers said that a lengthy holiday throughout July and August was needed to ...


National Union of Teachers leader attacks free school 'vanity projects'
The Guardian
The NUT is strongly opposed to reforms that it says are leading to the privatisation of state education and putting national pay and conditions under threat. It says there is no evidence that academies and free schools will drive up standards, ...

The Guardian

Pontiac teacher says she was fired because of Trayvon Martin fundraiser
The Detroit News
By Josh Katzenstein Pontiac— A Pontiac charter school teacher said she lost her job because of a fundraising idea to honor Trayvon Martin, the teen shot in Florida. The firing has generated national attention. The Mississippi-based Southern Poverty ...

Senate OKs education reform
Terry Branstad: • HOUSE: Teachers would be evaluated annually, rather than every three years, as under current law. The state education department would have to come up with a new evaluation process to be approved in next year's legislative session.

Former California teacher who left family for student faces hearing in other case
Sacramento Bee
Former California high school teacher James Hooker goes to court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing, which Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager said will be short and procedural. A crowded courtroom is expected in any case.

Ministers 'spent £66m on consultants', say teachers
Photo: JANE MINGAY By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Teachers' leaders said ministers spent the money on 17 companies over the last two years – principally to set up flagship academies and free schools. It was claimed that firms received the cash to ...


NASUWT in warning on regional pay for teachers
BBC News
Education Secretary Michael Gove has asked the body which advises ministers onteachers' pay to look at the issue. The NUT and the other big teaching union - the NASUWT - have backed plans to escalate their campaigns. The NASUWT has said regional pay ...

BBC News

Michigan teacher Brooke Harris says she was fired for organizing Trayvon ...
WTSP 10 News
Detroit (Free Press) -- A national civil rights group is calling on a Pontiac charter school to reinstate a teacher who said she was fired for helping students organize a fund-raiser to benefit the family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Former Modesto Teacher To Appear In Court
NBC Bay Area
The former Modesto teacher who is making national headlines for all the wrong reasons will appear in court this morning. According to the Modesto Bee, James Hooker will appear at a Stanislaus County courtroom for a pre-trial hearing.

Wisconsin likely to apply again for education grants
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"After suffering the largest cuts to education in the state's history, the potential for Wisconsin to be awarded up to $30 million to support early learning efforts is good news," Evers said in a statement. "Wisconsin is a leader in early childhood ...

UAE Vice-President launches Dh1b e-learning initiative
By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter The project titled Mohammad Bin Rashid Initiative for Smart Learning is an integrated e-learning platform, which will involveteachers, students, administrators as well as parents through a network, enhancing the ...


Union stands firm over shorter summer holiday
BBC News
Teachers have said they will resist any attempt to shorten the six-week school summer holiday. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said any move to cut the traditional summer break would harm children's learning and teachers' wellbeing.

BBC News

NUT warns over summer holiday cut
The Press Association
Teachers have warned they will resist any attempt to shorten the six-week school summer holiday. A move to cut the traditional summer break would harm children's learning andteachers' wellbeing, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said.

Committee recommends more money for teacher loans
Aiken Standard
By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press COLUMBIA -- A state education committee wants legislators to put more money into a teacher loan program meant to encourage students to stay in South Carolina and teach in needy public schools. The Education Oversight ...

Albany Considering Limiting Release of Teacher Reports
New York Times
The release of the rankings, which were admittedly flawed and had large margins of error, was denounced by teachers and their supporters. But many parents embraced the opportunity to learn more about the quality of their child's teacher, ...

They blame teachers and schools, but bullying is an epic fail by parents
Philadelphia Inquirer
Many have said that the movie clearly shows how largely ineffective schools, teachers and administrators are in addressing the bullying issue. Philadelphia City Council member Jim Kenney is trying to raise funds so that at least 5000 Philadelphia ...

Rockland Teacher Named Golden Apple Finalist
By Robin Smith Kollman Yesterday at 12:02 pm Rockland Special Education teacher Danya Greenberg has been named to the top 32 finalists in the prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Greenberg, 24, was selected from a pool of 265 ...


Parent groups: Data for longer school day doesn't add up
Chicago Sun-Times
BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporter/rrossi@suntimes.com April 9, 2012 11:48PM Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard answered reporter's questions after they toured Benjamin E. Mays elementary school, 838 W. Marquette Rd., as it started ...

Former Modesto teacher facing sexual misconduct charge
STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA - Former Enochs High School teacher James Hooker will be in court Tuesday morning on charges of sexual misconduct stemming from an incident involving a 17-year-old girl in 1998. Hooker was thrown into the national spotlight ...

Indian education under the British empire — Marginal Revolution
By Tyler Cowen
To put that in perspective, for 1860-1912 in per capita terms the independent “Princely states” were spending about twice as much on education as India under the British. Mexico and Brazil, hardly marvels of successful education, were spending about five times ... Educating people just makes them uppity. The Indians were the easiest people on earth to imperialize, and the Brits weren't in any hurry to change that by teaching them to read. However, it has been 65 years since the Raj, ...
Marginal Revolution

Inertial Teaching
By Doug
Inertial Teaching. by Doug on April 9, 2012. “So, kids must have a tougher time learning about analog clocks these days than when you first got started,” says I to my child's seasoned teacher. “Oh yes,” says she. “It's a shame. They can tell you the numbers on a digital ... I find that there are ways in which I think (in my fairly uninformed kind of way) that my kids' education could be better. ... The exchange seemed a nice little metaphor for teachers who are just marking time (clever, huh?) ...
Masson's Blog

Designing Learning for the Ultimate Mobile Learner's Experience ...
By RJ Jacquez
When it comes to mLearning, it is necessary to completely rethink “our approach to instructional design, graphic design, user experience and information presentation” (Float Mobile Learning, 2010) and make decisions from the learner´s point of view more than ever before. Why? Because mLearning experiences reach ... A case in point is a “wireless positioning technique program for teaching English vocabulary” developed by Chen and Li (2010). By following the principles of Mobile ...
The Mobile Learning Revolution Blog

Rethinking the Department of Education | Seattle Education
By seattleducation2011
I have heard many educators say to just wait if you don't like the latest fad in education because it will soon change and that is what happens. Unfortunately each “fad”, each idea on the best way to educate our children, is hoisted onto teachers ...
Seattle Education

Instapundit » Blog Archive » 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION: Student ...
By Glenn Reynolds
April 9, 2012. 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION: Student stands by “controversial” mural that shows life of a man ending in marriage and fatherhood. Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:16 pm. Tweet...

First Read: The Lasting Impact of a Good Teacher
By Dr. Lewis R. First
As reported in The New York Times (Education: January 6, 2012), a large study that looked at 2.5 million students for more than 20 years, concluded that good teachers have a lasting impact not just on student test scores but on many other measures including adult income. The researchers used ... Some school officials argue that teachers may be unfairly singled out for dismissal or that if high value-added ratings become critical to job security, teachers may beginteaching to the test.
First Read

Top Teachers Union Takes On Corporate Tax Loopholes To Fund
By Brian Beutler
The National Education Association wants to close big corporate tax loopholes and direct the revenue toward key education initiatives. The push comes weeks after the Obama administration released a framework for corporate tax reforms that ...

Modesto Teen Splits From Former Teacher After His Arrest « CBS ...
By bdisbrow
A Modesto teen who made national news when she and her high school teacher moved in together said she has broken off the relationship following allegations that he sexually abused another student. ... 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 of national talk shows and in interviews, and ...
CBS San Francisco

Over 20 Years, State Support for Public Higher Education Fell More ...
By Lawrence Biemiller
Adjusted for inflation, state support for each full-time public-college student declined by 26.1 percent from 1990 to 2010, forcing students and their families to shoulder more of the cost of higher education at a time when family incomes were ...
The Ticker

16 Ways Teachers Are Using Pinterest | Edudemic
By Jeff Dunn - Executive Editor
28 Twitter Hashtags to Follow Education Reform ... Grades 2.0: How Learning Analytics Are Changing The Teacher's Role · Edudemic Pulse: A New Weekly Digest for Practicing Teachers · The Powerful Role of Video Games In Learning · 25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom, By Degree Of Difficulty · The End of Teaching As We Know It. ... Thanks to a new infographic from OnlineUniversities.com, we now know 16 different ways teachers are using Pinterest foreducation. If you're ...

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