Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

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As union foes use courts to roll back tenure laws, unions try the same tactic to stop test-based teacher evaluations.

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Andrew Cuomo and baloney

Andrew Cuomo and baloney

The teacher evaluation system he now mocks -- and wants to make worse -- is the very one he insisted be put in place.

A closer look at four New Mexico teachers’ evaluations

A closer look at four New Mexico teachers’ evaluations

See the evaluations from four teachers in New Mexico who argue that scoring on the evaluations is unfair.

The important things standardized tests don’t measure

The important things standardized tests don’t measure

Thirty-three things that standardized tests, unfortunately, do.

Teacher: Why expanding ‘parental rights’ in public education sounds good -- but isn’t

Teacher: Why expanding ‘parental rights’ in public education sounds good -- but isn’t

While “I’d like to see changes with the policies that mandate these tests, I have bigger concerns about the current Opt Out movement because of efforts to cite parental rights as legal rationale for boycotting the PARCC test.“

The snow conundrum: How a school system decides whether to open

The snow conundrum: How a school system decides whether to open

Analysis, networking, guesswork and gut checks reveal the complexity of snow day decision-making.

Principal targets cyberbullies: I have more respect for insurgents I fought in Iraq

Principal targets cyberbullies: I have more respect for insurgents I fought in Iraq

“I hate sniveling, cowardly behavior like this. I have more respect for insurgents I fought in Iraq than I do for people behind this Twitter account. At least Iraqis had the courage to face their targets and not hide behind a Twitter account.“

Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

As union foes use courts to roll back tenure laws, unions try the same tactic to stop test-based teacher evaluations.

Schools face new challenges as poverty grows in inner suburbs

Schools face new challenges as poverty grows in inner suburbs

Schools in suburbs closest to cities face a rising number of poor kids with more needs than their affluent peers.

Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

Boundary changes come in the midst of a lottery in which families are choosing their preferred schools.

Leonard Nimoy to BU arts students: Be persistent. And ‘don’t create any more reality TV shows.’

Leonard Nimoy to BU arts students: Be persistent. And ‘don’t create any more reality TV shows.’

In a 2012 commencement speech to arts students at Boston University, Nimoy talked about advice he got from JFK and other life lessons.

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Conservatives say bill doesn’t go far enough; Democrats say it goes too far.

Yes, Scott Walker really did link terrorists with protesting teachers and other unionists

Yes, Scott Walker really did link terrorists with protesting teachers and other unionists

He says he didn’t, but see what he said and decide for yourself.

‘Good teachers are starting to leave’

‘Good teachers are starting to leave’

A Georgia educator makes the case for needing more instructional time.

Georgia’s education chief has some words for Arne Duncan

Georgia’s education chief has some words for Arne Duncan

‘Our broken model of assessment is too focused on labeling our schools and teachers, and not focused enough on supporting our students.’

Swastikas and other vandalism at a GW dorm worry students

Swastikas and other vandalism at a GW dorm worry students

Swastikas at a George Washington University dorm have worried students.

This robot at U-Md taught itself to cook by watching YouTube

This robot at U-Md taught itself to cook by watching YouTube

At the University of Maryland, researchers are teaching robots to learn how to do things themselves

Documentary on campus sex assault opens in New York and California

Documentary on campus sex assault opens in New York and California

“The Hunting Ground” provides first-hand accounts from numerous women and men about sexual violence on college campuses.

Judge rules Missouri’s membership in Common Core testing group is illegal

Judge rules Missouri’s membership in Common Core testing group is illegal

A Missouri judge says the state’s membership to a testing company aligned with the national Common Core education standards is illegal and that it shouldn’t pay fees to be part of the group.

Why names matter: The fight at Clemson over iconic building named after racist governor

Why names matter: The fight at Clemson over iconic building named after racist governor

Students and professors want it changed but school governors don’t.

Teachers at popular school ask parents for help: This may sound ‘absurd’ but it’s true.

Teachers at popular school ask parents for help: This may sound ‘absurd’ but it’s true.

In an unusual plea, teachers explain to parents how proposed state school reforms can harm teachers and students.

Former Montgomery schools chief sets up business to open way for consulting

Firm set up by former superintendent Joshua P. Starr was registered a day after his resignation took effect.

Fed up with low pay and job instability, some adjunct professors walk out

Fed up with low pay and job instability, some adjunct professors walk out

Part-time faculty spread the word about working conditions they think are lackluster.

Fairfax elects new student school board member

Ben Press, a Madison High junior, will join the board on July 1.

Arne Duncan talks early childhood education at Alexandria school

The education secretary toured Patrick Henry Elementary school on Wednesday.

Montgomery superintendent search revs up, with forums planned

Montgomery superintendent search revs up, with forums planned

As the district searches for a new superintendent, public is asked about important qualities in next leader.

Did No Child Left Behind’s test-based reforms fail? Or not?

Did No Child Left Behind’s test-based reforms fail? Or not?

A defense and a criticism of No Child Left Behind.

D.C. schools chancellor recommends overhaul of capital planning process

“There is no way we can keep all the promises that we have made.”

Adjunct professor: This is why part-time professors are walking out today

After graduate school, she was ready for a career in a field she loved. Twenty years later, she’s asking for something better for those like her