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Daily Archives: April 2, 2011

Teachers putting students first and how we can reform education in America

Video: Teachers who changed kids’ lives and were rewarded with pink slips

Do you remember your favorite teachers?

Teachers who changed kids’ lives and were rewarded with pink slips | StudentsFirst.org.

Speaking out for Texas public school teachers

In Finland, Singapore and other countries, teachers are treasured as are students in public schools. They are treated quite well because in those countries, their youth is definitely their future. Bob Ray Sanders in Texas feels the same way:

It makes me mad to hear people, most especially sanctimonious so-called leaders, run down our public schools.


I become even more riled when those bloviating windbags on talk radio and cable TV berate public school teachers as lazy, incompetent, dues-paying union sympathizers who only care about a paycheck and don’t give a hoot about children.


And when they label public school students as ignorant or otherwise “worthless” — a waste of taxpayers’ money — it makes my blood boil to the point almost of a volcanic eruption.

Speaking out for Texas public school teachers | Editorials & Opinions | Fort Worth, Arlington….

New Jersey Teacher Suspended Over Facebook Post

How comfortable we feel after spending a little time on Facebook. Everyone posts whatever they please about whatever strikes their fancy. And that “current” status line is a real tease. In just a couple of sentences, we post whether we’re having a good or bad hair day and so much more. Unfortunately, a first grade teacher from Paterson NJ forgot that the whole world really is watching what you say.

A first-grade teacher in Paterson, N.J., was suspended on Thursday after she posted on her Facebook page that she felt like a warden overseeing future criminals, district officials said. The teacher, who has not been publicly identified, was suspended with pay from her position at School 21 after parents complained to the school and asked that their children be removed from her class,district officials told The Record of North Jersey.

New Jersey Teacher Suspended Over Facebook Post – NYTimes.com.

Tennessee sends teacher tenure bill to governor for signing into law

More GOP Teacher-bashing: Tennessee’s bill to make it more difficult for teachers to obtain tenure seems to be putting the cart before the horse basing the bill on an evaluation system that doesn’t exist, as well as correcting a tenure problem that doesn’t exist.

The bill was passed mostly along party lines in both chambers, with Sen. Douglas Henry of Nashville and Rep. John Deberry of Memphis being the only Democrats to vote in favor of the changes.

“I don’t think we have a tenure problem in this state, our laws are fairly weak compared to what other states have,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville. “It gave a certain measure of protection to the teacher that’s no longer there.”

The measure will require a teacher to be on the job five years instead of three to secure tenure, and create a way for tenure to be revoked based on consecutive poor evaluations.

Critics say an evaluation system to be used to make tenure decisions isn’t in effect yet and that it has not been determined how best to rate educators whose subjects aren’t covered by the state’s value-added test scoring program.

“The evaluation system, which is now such a high-stakes proposition, is still unfinished,” said Tennessee Education Association lobbyist Jerry Winters. “There’s some serious problems with it.”

Tenn. Senate’s OK sends teacher tenure bill to gov – BusinessWeek.

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