Archive | June, 2012

A Value-Added Mess

This paper purports to offer guidance on how to develop value-added models for students taught by multiple teachers in the same subject — students in team teaching or co-teaching scenarios.  The authors note challenges of assigning accurate value-added scores to individual teachers in a multi-teacher setting.  They examine three models and highlight the strengths of what […]

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Mayors Seek Scapegoat

At the recent meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayors from across the country endorsed so-called “Parent Trigger” laws which allow parents to “takeover” failing schools and lead to remedies such as firing every teacher in the building or turning the school over to a private charter management organization. Instead of calling for new […]

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Of Pensions and Pay

Andrew Rotherham writes today about a coming crisis in public education as public employee pensions are curbed.  Sure, in some cases, pensions for public employees (including teachers) are quite generous.  In others, they are relatively modest.  If those plans are well-managed and properly funded, paying the pensions is not a problem.  In California and Illinois […]

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Nashville Moves Toward Better Teacher Pay

Or, so one can hope.  The Mayor’s proposed budget moves starting teacher pay in Nashville to $40,000.  Education and community leaders are applauding the bold step.  And, it tracks with something I wrote not long ago about the importance of pay in the teacher quality discussion.

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Knox County Schools Gain New Investment

In Knox County, TN the school system unveiled a bold plan this spring.  The plan called for a new level of investment in schools including support for teachers and improvemetns in technology and facilities. Last night, the Board won a partial victory, with $7 million in additional funds added to the Mayor’s proposed budget for […]

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