Archive | October, 2014

Saving Money AND Supporting Teachers

The two are NOT mutually exclusive. In fact, they go hand-in-hand. That is, if you can convince policymakers to look to long-term budget impacts instead of short-term numbers games. In the third of his four-part series on value-added data and teaching, Jon Alfuth over at Bluff City Ed offers some insight into how value-added data might […]

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Students or Profits?

Tennessee teachers Lucianna Sansan and Lee Ann Nolan write about protecting students from edu-profiteers in a recent piece in the LA Progressive. In it, they raise some interesting points: These questions are relevant and timely considering the current educational climate in the state of Tennessee, which, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Tennessee […]

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Real World Harms of Value-Added Data

Recently, I mentioned a piece by Memphis teacher and blogger Jon Alfuth. In it, he talks about the practical struggles a teacher faces in light of a heavy emphasis on value-added data. Now, he’s written more on the topic, detailing what he believes are some of the key harms of the way value-added data is […]

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Low Pay, Unpleasant Working Conditions Create AZ Teacher Shortage

Arizona is struggling to find qualified teachers to fill a record number of vacancies. That’s the story today from the Arizona Republic. The paper reports that a number of districts have unfilled vacancies and are finding it challenging to hire qualified candidates for open teaching positions. The article points to a relatively low average starting […]

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