| Nov 7, 2010
Teachers unions have a well-deserved reputation for exercising political clout. With a nearly unparalleled ability to raise cash and organize their ranks, they have elected school boards, influenced legislation and helped set the public school agenda in...
| Nov 14, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Roxanne Brummell has thrived in what many consider the toughest new testing ground for teachers in the nation.
The fifth-grade teacher in Washington, D.C., earned a "highly effective" rating under the district's controversial system that...
| Dec 11, 2010
For The Record
Teacher scores: A Dec. 11 article in the LATExtra section reported that a preliminary study by education experts had found that teachers whose students said they "taught to the test" scored lower than average on value-added analysis. In...
| Dec 24, 2010
A study of Washington state teachers found that deciding layoffs based solely on who has the least seniority has a significant effect on students' ability to learn.
The study comes as tens of thousands of teachers around the country stand to lose their...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 7:14 AM
One governor has been called "a rotten prick" by a top legislative leader. About 190 miles up the road, another governor is laying off thousands of state workers, who accuse him of "betraying" their support. In between, a third governor is hailed by...
| Mar 13, 2011
| 10:00 PM
The Texas Tribune
Want to get the attention of 11,000 Texans? Propose a $10 billion spending cut to public education.
Parents, educators and students from across the state marched to the Capitol Saturday for the Save Texas Schools rally to express their...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 7:24 PM
Like almost every teacher at this Hawaiian Gardens middle school, science instructor John Laird posts his students' standardized test results in the back of his classroom.
But right next to them, Laird also put up his own evaluation. "This is my report...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 3:55 PM
Protesters once again converged on the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, this time angry over Governor Rick Snyder's proposed cuts to college education.
Hundreds of students from Michigan's public universities, including Western and GVSU, were at the...
| Mar 26, 2011
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a far-reaching teacher merit-pay bill that will overhaul how teachers across the state will be evaluated and paid.
The law creates an evaluation system that relies heavily on student test score data to judge teacher...
| May 30, 2011
| 5:21 PM
Texas lawmakers are now going into a special session. A lot of that has to do with Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat from Fort Worth. Late Sunday night, she used her filibuster power to keep the senate from voting a bill to balance the state's budget....
| Sep 9, 2011
| 6:17 AM
A new set of bills introduced this week would allow students to transfer to other schools more easily and give them more options when it comes to choosing charter schools and opting for online learning.
The legislation, proposed by Senate Republicans,...
| Oct 29, 2011
| 10:49 PM
As Occupy Seattle entered its fifth week, it saw a change of venue and a show of sign of support from educators. Hundreds of teachers joined the protest as it moved its encampment and logistical base to Seattle Central Community College.