Submitted by Judy Hartnett on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 3:04pm
Two years ago, New York State’s legislators passed a law requiring districts and teachers unions to replace outdated evaluations that rate nearly all teachers “satisfactory” and fail to provide the feedback and support educators deserve.
Submitted by Marion Herbert on Sun, 01/22/2012 - 5:49pm
A plan to strengthen K-12 education, released earlier this week, sets many ambitious deadlines. By the end of the 2012 legislative session for example, Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen wants lawmakers to agree on tough expectations that Maine teachers must meet to be considered effective in the classroom.
Submitted by Judy Hartnett on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 6:55pm
Plans for a new teacher rating system for New York City schools that would include measures of student performance—a hallmark of national education reform efforts—were dealt a setback on Friday after negotiations broke down between the city and the teachers union.
The failure to reach an agreement before a year-end deadline had an immediate, if minimal, effect: The state suspended a program to funnel nearly $60 million in federal funds to the city to improve a small number of troubled schools. The money represents less than 0.3% of the Department of Education's annual budget.