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Classrooms without teachers
January 9, 2018
In many large school districts, hundreds of teaching positions were unfilled as school year began
In the country’s largest school districts, thousands of students started the school year without a permanent teacher, according to data from public records.
September 14, 2017
Efforts to ‘raise the bar’ for becoming a teacher are running headlong into efforts to diversify the profession. Now what?
Education advocates want to have it both ways: they want more teachers of color and to “raise the bar” for the profession with measures that screen out certain groups.
End of an era
August 9, 2017
New York City to bring high-profile Teaching Fellows program in-house, ending role for nonprofit TNTP
The decision follows a similar plan to move training for aspiring principals in-house.
mend it or end it?
July 12, 2017
Why a long-time critic of teacher professional development is arguing against Trump’s push to cut federal funds for it
Dan Weisberg, the president of TNTP was on Capitol Hill this week pushing back against the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to Title II funding.
June 16, 2014
Panel of union critics say de Blasio lost big on the UFT contract
What the city and the United Federation of Teachers have hailed as a historically collaborative agreement adds up to little more than giveaways for the teachers union, critics argued at a panel event on Monday morning. As a result, panelists said, a new $18 billion contract for teachers reflects plenty of missed opportunities for the de Blasio administration.
December 2, 2011
TNTP soliciting city teachers' views in national retention study
A new national teacher survey about compensation, class sizes, and school leadership is looking for insight from New York City. The city Department of Education is one of five large urban districts that have opened up their email Rolodexes to The New Teacher Project for a study about teacher recruitment and retention. The nonprofit group, which runs the city's Teaching Fellows programs and studies teacher job markets around the country, sent the voluntary, 30-minute survey to about 68,000 of the city's 80,000 teachers and one large charter school network. The 50-question survey — which one teacher sent us in a series of screenshots, above — asks teachers what would make them want to work in, or remain in, a high-needs school. The survey is a first step in TNTP's efforts to produce a followup to "The Widget Effect," according Dan Weisberg, a TNTP vice president who used to be the DOE's chief labor negotiator. The influential 2009 report urged school districts to revamp teacher evaluations based on survey responses of 15,000 teachers from 12 districts across five states (New York City was not among them). Now, dozens of states, including New York, are in the process of overhauling teacher evaluations. Weisberg said this year's survey is the next step toward figuring out how to place the most effective teachers in classrooms with the neediest students.
March 11, 2010
When Race to the Top collides with states' rights, debate follows
Teachers unions, school district officials, and lawmakers have all weighed in on New York State's Race to the Top application with varying degrees of skepticism and enthusiasm, but few have given any thought to the legal issues behind the experiment. Last night, students at Columbia Law School held a panel discussion on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's competitive grant program that, in its first round, will award several states hundreds of millions of dollars to adopt the Obama administration's education policies. The question put before the panel is one any federal initiative like Race to the Top is apt to bring up: Is this experiment stepping too heavily on states' policy toes? The panelists included Marcus Winters, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Deborah Meier, a columnist for Education Week, James Liebman, a law school professor and the NYC Department of Education's former accountability chief, Richard Iannuzzi, president of the state teachers union, and Dan Weisberg, a vice president at The New Teacher Project.
January 13, 2009
Chief labor negotiator will leave the Department of Ed
Dan Weisberg, the Department of Education’s chief labor negotiator, will leave the job this month, opening up a hole for who will lead contract talks…
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