Sheri Lederman, the beloved fourth-grade teacher from Great Neck, New York, was victorious in her battle to have her 2013-14 VAM [Value-added Modeling] score of “ineffective” rating vacated and set aside by the Supreme Court of New York State. Justice Roger D. McDonough, who heard the case, recognized that score for what it was — […]
Researcher Joanne Golann says that no-excuses charters are teaching low-income students to defer to authority and hold back their opinions—the opposite of what they’ll need to succeed in college and life.
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Opening a new front in the assault on teacher tenure, a group of parents backed by wealthy philanthropists served notice to defendants on Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging Minnesota’s job protections for teachers, as well as the state’s rules governing which teachers are laid off as a result of budget cuts.
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A California appeals court ruled on Thursday that the states job protections for teachers do not deprive poor and minority students of a quality education or violate their civil rights reversing a landmark lower court decision that had overturned the state’s teacher tenure rules.
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The Boston School Department has hit a snag in its efforts to restore tap water at school drinking fountains, after testing found high levels of harmful lead in the water coming from some newly installed fountains.
Read Original Article: Boston schools moved to fix lead in water — and now it’s worse
Holding yellow signs that said “Save Our Public Schools,” parents and teachers union members launched a campaign against a ballot question seeking to expand the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.
Read Original Article: ‘Save Our Public Schools’ offers preview of potential November fight over charter schools
Black students are four times as likely to be suspended from charter schools as white students, according to a new analysis of federal education data. And students with disabilities, the study found, are suspended two to three times the rate of nondisabled students in charter schools. These inequities are similar to those in traditional public schools, […]
Read Original Article: Charter Schools Suspend Black and Disabled Students More, Study Says
The Boston district’s move to begin its hiring process earlier and to allow principals more say over who they bring on board has resulted in a stronger and more diverse pool of teacher candidates, a new analysis concludes. But the shift has also bumped up against some of the same challenges that have complicated similar efforts […]
Read Original Article: Boston’s Revamp of Teacher Hiring Sparks Gains, Costs
As argument commenced at the Supreme Court last Monday, most eyes were on Justice Antonin Scalia. While still the Court’s conservative paterfamilias, union supporters were looking to Scalia as a potential swing vote in their favor in the case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. He had endorsed Abood, the precedent now under scrutiny, in a […]
Read Original Article: Why Some States Want Strong Public-Sector Unions
The Detroit teachers’ union filed a lawsuit Thursday against the district calling for repairing “deplorable” conditions and removing the state-appointed emergency manager, Darnell Earley. The union seeks an “appropriately funded capital plan” and wants the district returned to local control.
Read Original Article: Michigan: Detroit Teachers Seek End to Control by Emergency Manager