Teacher Unions

The American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and their thousands of local affiliates

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A New Era in the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations

The Obama administration encouraged more robust ways of assessing which educators were doing a good job. Will its legacy last? Continue reading

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Education Schools: Deja Vu All Over Again

The crisis in teacher education, circa 1981. Continue reading

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Evaluating Teachers

A panel discussion on the use of student test scores in evaluating teachers Continue reading

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Today’s Teacher Wars, the Same as Yesterday’s

Reformers are fighting to turn public school teaching into a performance-driven profession–and teacher unions are (still) resisting. Continue reading

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School Reform-It’s Complicated

In his new book Class Warfare, journalist Steven Brill pulls back the curtain on the last decade of school reform, but not all the way Continue reading

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Rhee Engineering Education

Has D.C.’s radical experiment in school reform really worked? A review of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District, by Richard Whitmire
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How Public School Teaching Got Cool

Teach for America’s 20th anniversary bash in Washington, DC, proved that public education is increasingly a destination for the best-and-brightest. Continue reading

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Five Myths About Teacher Merit Pay

Originally appeared in The Washington Post. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says paying public school teachers based on their performance is his “highest priority,” and he plans to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars to states and school systems that … Continue reading

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Teachers or ‘Widgets’? How Should Teachers Be Evaluated?

A discussion about the need for new, more effective teacher evaluation systems Continue reading

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Teacher Evaluation and Teacher Quality

Originally published in Voices in Urban Education with co-author Robert Rothman. The troubled state of teacher evaluation is a glaring and largely neglected problem in public education, one with consequences that extend far beyond the current debate over performance pay. Because … Continue reading

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