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Is Multiculturalism Working?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 21, 2010, 11:08 am   

German chancellor Angela Merkel recently caused an international stir when she claimed the country's attempts to create a multicultural society have "utterly failed".  A Guardian article notes that Merkel said “too little had been required of immigrants in the past and repeated her argument that they should learn German in order to cope in school and take advantage of opportunities in the labour market.”

Idaho Superintendent Candidates Asked Views on Teacher Choice and Professional Associations
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 20, 2010, 01:35 pm   

Candidates for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and challenger Dr. Stan Olson, former superintendent of Boise Schools, were asked the following questions regarding teacher choice and professional associations:

Gates Foundation Funds Value-Added Model Research
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 14, 2010, 12:19 pm   
As student test scores are becoming a greater part of teachers' evaluations, the idea of having an accurate value-added model is essential for educators. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a generous supporter of education in America, is investing $45 million in research to determine best practices in developing a value-added model.
NWPE Member Jeffery Wehr Honored
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 13, 2010, 02:58 pm   

Congratulations to NWPE member Jeffery Wehr, of Odessa, WA, who was featured in a 2008 Spokesman-Review story about the challenges of teaching math and science.  Wehr has been named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Eastern Washington!

"Last Hired, First Fired" Losing Support Among Educators?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 13, 2010, 02:40 pm   

Is the "sacred cow" of the union, "last hired, first fired," losing support amongst teachers? AAE's 2010 member survey found that 70% of teachers disagree with the "last hired, first fired" policy and agree that tenure is not necessary to perform well as a teacher.

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