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Former First Lady Starts Education Initiative
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 11, 2011, 11:07 pm   

Former First Lady, librarian and current and longtime education advocate Laura Bush has announced a new education initiative through the President George W. Bush Institute in Houston. The program seeks to improve graduation rates by focusing on American middle schools.

New York Voters Don’t Support Tenure-Based Policies
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 04, 2011, 05:08 pm   

Voters in New York don't believe seniority should be the determining factor in potential teacher layoffs. According to a new poll by Education Reform Now, an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are against the "last hired, first fired" policy for public school teachers.

Alabama Teachers Flocking to AAE
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 03, 2011, 12:21 pm   

Due to some recent landmark legislation, Alabama teachers are finding themselves at a crossroads with their local union, the Alabama Education Association, an affiliate of the NEA. Recently, the Alabama Legislature passed Senate Bill 2. This measure prohibits the AEA from using payroll deductions to support political activity. This legislation is a direct blow to the union machine and the perfect opportunity for Alabama teachers to evaluate their membership and consider alternatives.
New Teacher Evaluations Being Debated
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 01, 2011, 02:53 pm   

The debate over "value-added" methods of evaluating teachers has caused controversy all over the country. While most agree that we must find a way of fairly evaluating teachers, not many agree on the method. One common thread of a new evaluation system is a new focus on student achievement.
“Legit”-- Of Particularly Excellent Quality (similar to “cool” or “tight”)
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 31, 2011, 06:56 pm   

Disclaimer: I think that Will Richardson is legit

I attended professional development training where Will Richardson spoke recently. I was swept off my feet by his technology talk. He is that cool guy in college that knows all of the obscure but quality bands and when they're playing in town. And he's cool about sharing the information with you. All the while you sit and think, "How does this guy find this stuff!?"

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