Thursday, July 31, 2014

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The Key to Fighting Privatization? Preparation The Key to Fighting Privatization? Preparation

By John Rosales Spring is usually the season when private contractors across the nation seem to crawl out of the woodwork seeking public school contracts. Why? Easy prey. Privateers know school board members are desperately trying to balance budgets for the upcoming school year. And nothing is easier for cash-strapped trustees needing to strike a zero... [Read more]


Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Expanding Early Childhood Education. Is Congress Listening? Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Expanding Early Childhood Education. Is Congress Listening?

By Richard Naithram A new bipartisan national poll released by The First Five Years Fund reveals that both Republicans and Democrats favor a strong federal investment in early childhood education. According to the poll, 71 percent of voters—including 60 percent of Republicans—support this investment even if it increased the deficit in the short... [Read more]


Educators Defeat Attempt to Strip Teacher Licenses Over Test Scores Educators Defeat Attempt to Strip Teacher Licenses Over Test Scores

By Luke Towler School districts continue to make high-stakes decisions about teacher performance based on how well students perform on state mandated tests, despite mounting opposition across the nation. Yet no state has tied renewal of teaching licenses to test scores – but Tennessee recently came close. Last year, Tennessee Education Commissioner... [Read more]


New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career Teachers New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career Teachers

By Tim Walker While most Americans agree that teachers do not receive the professional pay they deserve, the conversation has generally been framed around the difficulty of attracting people to the teaching profession. Less attention has been paid to educators who have been in the classroom for at least ten years and the stagnant salaries that are squeezing... [Read more]


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Must Reads

Run Schools Like a Business? Flip that Theory to See Flaws

Lisa Woods, a teacher in North Carolina, is sick and tired of hearing that all public schools should be run like a business and that teachers have extraordinary job protections that don’t exist in the private sector. “Applying the business model to schools is as absurd as applying the “school reality” to business. Until a better and fairer assessment and compensation structure is created, those “in the trenches” are actually consulted, and the reality of our working environment is considered and remedied, the symbolic little gesture of tenure will be an important one to insure that excellent teachers remain in North Carolina,” Woods writes. Source: Greensboro News-Record


What Motivates Teachers?

In a survey of U.S. workplace happiness, Gallup found that teachers are the least likely to say that their opinions count and the least likely to say that their supervisor creates an open and sharing environment - a troubling trend at a time when schools need to continue to attract high quality educators. KQED MindShift asked teachers  what motivates them to keep teaching, as well as what changes they’d make to the system. Heres’ what they had to say. Source: KQED MindShift


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Ahead in Ed

NSTA New Science Teacher Academy – Deadline August 22

The National Science Teachers Association is currently accepting applications for the 2014–2015 New Science Teacher Academy. The Academy is a professional development initiative created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Visit NSTA for more information.


2014 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, June 26-July 6

Beginning this week, educators from around the country will arrive in Colorado’s Mile High City to rise to the challenge of setting public education policy. Nearly 9,000 National Education Association members from every state will come together to address issues facing schools, students, and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 152nd Annual Meeting and 93rd Representative Assembly (RA). Visit NEA.org for more information.


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