Archive | July, 2014

Teachers Fight Back Against Tenure Attack

In the wake of the Vergara decision in California, two groups in New York have brought lawsuits challenging teacher tenure in that state. The groups claim that teacher tenure is arbitrary and unfairly punishes low-income students. Teachers are already fighting back against such claims. Specifically, the United Federation of Teachers notes that tenure provides an […]

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The Toxic Culture of Education

Got 17 minutes? Joshua Katz, an actual teacher, talks about the toxic culture of American education today. Hear straight from a practitioner about what’s going on in our schools and how it should be changed.    

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An Ineffective Teacher?

The story told here, about a Knox¬†County teacher, is one that is familiar to many in Tennessee. It highlights the vagaries of value-added modeling and the difficulty with integrating VAM into the current evaluation system (TEAM) in place in Tennessee. I’ve written before about the challenges and limitations of value-added modeling when it comes to […]

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Strong Schools Fights for Better Schools … and Wins!

  The Huffington Post today has a story about Sumner County grassroots advocacy group Strong Schools¬†and their recent electoral success. From the story: Coordinating our efforts, we created a Facebook event to alert the community that an important County Commission meeting was coming up and it was time to respond to years of underfunding of […]

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