“Ineffective,” Veteran, Primary Grade Teacher in Tennessee Resigns | VAMboozled

As per a recent article in The Tennessean, it seems yet another teacher has resigned, this time from the 1st grade – a grade in which teacher-level value-added normally does not “count.” This teacher, a 15-year career 1st grade teacher, was recently categorized as “ineffective” in terms of “adding value” to her students’ learning and ...

The Day: Was New London Superintendent’s Cover Letter Also Plagiarized? | Diane Ravitch’s blog

The Day reports that the language in the cover letter submitted by Terrence Carter to be superintendent in New London contained language identical to a cover letter written by another job applicant in Michigan in 2011. When will this charade end? If he fabricated his résumé and plagiarized his job application and cover letter, what ...

UPDATED: Court rules school voucher money can flow before final decision on program’s legality | The Progressive Pulse

*CORRECTION: A previous version of this story omitted the news that Judge Hobgood also ruled in favor of allowing Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger to intervene in the case and defend the school voucher program. Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood ruled Wednesday that the state can begin to disburse school voucher funds ...

The Best Article About Tenure Ever, Explaining Campbell Brown’s Law | Diane Ravitch’s blog

We all know, or should know, about Campbell’s Law. That is a social science axiom that says: “The more any quantitative social indicator (or even some qualitative indicator) is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social ...

Teacher Under Construction | EduShyster

Stephanie Rivera talks teacher prep, the importance of a diverse teaching force and why, if you want her to stop teaching, you’ll have to carry her out of her classroom… Edushyster: You’re about to begin your student teaching through the teacher prep program at Rutgers. Since we know for a fact that teacher prep is useless, why ...

Moms winning the Common Core war | Stephanie Simon – POLITICO.com

By STEPHANIE SIMON | 7/29/14 5:06 AM EDT Updated: 7/29/14 12:24 PM EDT The millions have proved no match for the moms. Supporters of the Common Core academic standards have spent big this past year to persuade wavering state legislators to stick with the new guidelines for math and language arts instruction. Given the firestorm ...

Rachel Aviv: How NCLB Harmed Children, Teachers, and the Meaning of Education | Diane Ravitch’s blog

If you have not read Rachel Aviv’s “Wrong Answer” in The New Yorker, drop everything and read it now. Aviv tells the story of the Atlanta cheating scandal through the ideas of one man, one teacher, who cared deeply about his student. Step by step, he got sucked into the data-driven obsession with test scores, ...

Why One School District Is Throwing All of its Student Laptops Away | Alternet

Inside Hoboken’s combined junior-senior high school is a storage closet. Behind the locked door, mothballed laptop computers are strewn among brown cardboard boxes. Others are stacked one atop another amid other computer detritus. Dozens more are stored on mobile computer carts, many of them on their last legs. That’s all that remains from a failed ...

NAISON: What the BATs Told Duncan and His Staff | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Wow! This post will knock your socks off, unless you work for the U.S. Department of Education. The post was written by Mark NAISON, one of the co-founders of the BATs. (I don’t know why, but my iPad always converts Mark’s last name into all-caps.) The Badass Teachers Association held a rally outside the U.S. ...

ALEC Agenda in Dallas: Evisceration of Medicaid, School Privatization and Expansion of Gas Exports | The Progressive

ALEC holds its 41st annual meeting in Dallas, Texas starting on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. At this largest of its three annual national conferences, state legislators from across the country will meet with corporate and special interest lobbyists behind closed doors to vote on “model” legislation to change state laws. Numerous agenda items are reviewed ...