Pressure Mounts to Ax Teacher Seniority Rules NPR
In New York, the State Senate passed a bill that would remove seniority protections from teachers facing layoffs. Districts across the country are facing layoffs, and debate is brewing about how to select which teachers to lay off.
See also: Teacher layoffs probable; new way proposed Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Teacher Layoff Plans in Los Angeles Pose Broad Implications The New York Times
The real but misunderstood incentive to remove senior teachers Gotham Schools
Group of young teachers petitions to preserve seniority rights Gotham Schools
Statement of Arne Duncan on the National Call on Flexibility and Productivity U.S. Department of Education
With layoffs coming, it's time to stand up for seniority The Notebook blog
'A Rosa Parks moment for education' The Washington Post (opinion)
A mother in Ohio was sent to prison and convicted of a felony for falisfying records to send her daughters to a different school district than where the family lived.
See also: School as Gated Community The Core Knowledge blog
Faked Address: Duncan Weighs In, Superintendent Responds This Week in Education
Coard’s group petitioning for Ohio mother’s pardon Philadelphia Tribune
Suit targets Lebanon School District's fines for truancy The Patriot-News
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and NAACP have filed suit against the Lebanon School District for unjust truancy policies with fines and jail time that have exceeded state law.
Weighing States' School Performance, Policymaking Education Week
Gov. Rendell has been heralding Pennsylvania's "top ten" Quality Counts ranking. The state earned a B-, compared to a national C average.
The year that was: Looking back at 2010's educational headlines Gotham Schools
An overview of the past year's educational headlines and what this means for the future.
New Guidelines Make Teacher Tenure Less Automatic in New York City New York Times
In most schools, nearly every teacher earns tenure after putting in the necessary years. However, as of December 13, New York teachers face a new system for gaining tenure.
See also: City unveils new steps designed to make path to tenure tougher Gotham Schools
Hurt by old tenure rules, a principal is hopeful for change Gotham Schools
"Flexible" Teaching or Fraudulent Teaching? ASCD Inservice Blog
The War on Teachers This Week in Education
Who's teaching L.A.'s kids? Los Angeles Times
How accountable is a single teacher? The movement to rate teacher effectiveness via student test score data is brought to an intriguing light in this provocative and controversial story by the LA Times.
See also: Willingham: Big questions about the LA Times teachers project The Washington Post
The Great Bourgeois Cultural Revolution: The Politics of Naming Names in the Service of a Market Vision of Education Edwize
Is John Smith the worst teacher in Los Angeles? The Educated Reporter
LA Confidential? Eduwonk
Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age The New York Times
Plagiarism cases are on the rise as the Internet makes information increasingly more accessible, and students seemingly less accountable.
Rhee dismisses 241 D.C. teachers; union vows to contest firings The Washington Post
When her newly implemented IMPACT evaluation revealed a startling number of teachers to be ineffective and unlicensed, Michelle Rhee immediately let them go - and warned 737 others ranked "minimally effective" that they will face similar fates if they do not change their scores within a year.
See also: Fire Hot In DC Eduwonk
Math Quiz The Core Knowledge Blog
The D.C. teacher firings The Washington Post Editorial
School Chief Dismisses 241 Teachers in Washington The New York Times
So my elderly aunt was talking about Michelle Rhee the other day... The Educated Reporter
Critical Mass. for Common Core ASCD
Massachusetts has adopted the Common Core in a unanimous 8-0 vote. Although Massachusetts already has the most rigorous academic standards in the country, the state hopes that the Common Core standards will further assist students in college and career preparation.