Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Study: Merit Pay Does Not Boost Student Achievement


By Cynthia McCabe Yet again, researchers have determined that paying teachers a bonus based on student performance does not  improve the achievement of those students. A pay-for-performance study released by Vanderbilt University and the RAND Corporation followed nearly 300 Nashville Public Schools fifth- through eighth-grade teachers from 2007 to 2009. The result? No overall effect [...]

Critics See East Coast, Urban Biases in Race to the Top Awards


By Kevin Hart In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson purchased the vast Louisiana Territory, extending America’s boundaries far west of the Mississippi River. Now, some are wondering whether that information has failed to reach reviewers scoring federal Race to the Top applications, as the list of states that have been awarded funds seems to exhibit an [...]

Did New Jersey Governor Lose $400 Million for Students?


By Kevin Hart In June, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a public spectacle of tossing aside a federal Race to the Top application that was written with collaboration among state education officials, the New Jersey Education Association, and other key education stakeholders. He publicly insisted that he could write a better application that would [...]

Questions the Media Should Be Asking About Education

May 24, 2010 by cmccabe  
Filed under Jobs, Uncategorized


What happens when Lily Eskelsen,  the Utah teacher who serves as vice-president of the NEA, heads to the set of Fox News to discuss real education reform? Not a lot of discussion about real education reform, unfortunately. Here’s her behind-the-scenes look, taken from her blog, I knew what was coming. I knew from the [...]

Victory in Florida, But States Still Fighting Anti-Education Bills


By Kevin Hart This month, with a stroke of his pen, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist took a bold stand for public schools and vetoed Senate Bill 6, a bill that threatened to make Florida one of the most teacher-hostile states in America. But educators are warning that SB 6 was just one battle in a [...]

Educators Use Tele-Town Halls to Take Their Concerns to Washington

April 28, 2010 by Will Potter  
Filed under Featured News, Jobs, Top Stories


Pink slips, closed schools, and budget cuts have left many educators feeling like they are under siege in their own classrooms. As members of Congress prepare to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and discuss legislation to aid cash-strapped schools, educators are using tele-town hall meetings to share their concerns with lawmakers. This week, [...]

“Race to the Top” v. Jobs Money: Which Offers More?


Grants available through Race to the Top are only a fraction of the money that would be available to cash-strapped schools in another proposal pending in Congress, which would extend the successful state aid program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

When the Conventional Wisdom on Unions and Teacher Firings is Wrong


By Alain Jehlen The conventional wisdom: Unions keep bad teachers from being fired. The unconventional approach: Actually look at the numbers! The belief that unions protect bad teachers is so widely accepted that it’s challenged. But when Bill Maher sounded off against teacher unions on his HBO talk show “Real Time” a few weeks ago, [...]

Digging Into the Alphabet Soup of Education Policy

April 12, 2010 by cmccabe  
Filed under Article by Topic, ESEA/NCLB Reform


By Will Potter Can’t tell your RTTT from your AYP? Here is a quick primer to help decipher the alphabet soup of education policy. ESEA The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 was one of the key pillars of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. It created the Title I federal aid program [...]

SB6: The Worst Bill in America?


By Kevin Hart April 6, 2010 — Florida educators don’t want Senate Bill 6. Parents don’t want it either. Students have even taken to writing their legislators and showing up at the capitol to protest a bill that will make Florida one of the least teacher-friendly states in America and could lead talented educators to [...]

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