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guide to the battle
June 18, 2018
With days left in this year’s session, what will happen with teacher evaluations?
As the legislative session comes to a close, here's what you need to know about the upcoming battle over teacher evaluations.
back and forth
May 30, 2018
Against a backdrop of protests, teacher contract negotiations in Denver get heated
Teachers argue that base salaries are too low and the bonuses make their paychecks unpredictable.
May 10, 2018
Colorado lawmakers’ pension compromise raises teacher retirement age, cuts benefits
The deal that emerged from 12 hours of negotiations Wednesday was not the deal that many people expected to see when the day started.
April 27, 2018
Sponsor of teacher strike ban won’t jail teachers, but unions are still a target
The teacher backlash to the strike ban came fast and furious.
April 22, 2018
This Colorado bill would ban teacher strikes and hit violators with fines and jail time
The bill is unlikely to become law, but it speaks to concerns that a national wave of teacher activism could come to Colorado.
April 20, 2018
National head of DFER after Colorado Democrats’ platform vote: ‘We’re not going anywhere’
Education reform has become an increasingly divisive issue within the Democratic Party.
April 17, 2018
Colorado teachers plan more walkouts, and Jeffco canceled classes one day next week
The announcements come after hundreds of teachers marched at the Capitol Monday to protect their retirement benefits and call for more school funding.
All in a Name
April 14, 2018
Colorado Democrats overwhelmingly reject Democrats for Education Reform at state assembly
After booing down the head of the education reform organization, delegates voted overwhelmingly to call for the organization to no longer use “Democrats” in its name.
Red for ed
April 13, 2018
A day of action by Colorado teachers will bring hundreds to the Capitol and already one district has canceled classes
Educators in Colorado are calling attention to school funding shortfalls — and in one case forcing a school district to cancel classes.
On the brink
March 14, 2018
Denver teachers union leaders vote to call for a strike vote if pay negotiations fail
“Teachers don’t think the district is taking them seriously."
August 23, 2016
What does California’s teacher tenure ruling mean for New York? Depends whom you ask.
New York's teachers unions say the ruling bolsters their defense of the state's tenure laws, while their opponents say it does not affect a legal challenge to those laws.
May 31, 2016
New groups aim to push back against Denver Public Schools, a stronghold of education reform
The groups and the district want the same thing: quality schools for all students. But the groups disagree with how DPS is trying to get there.
February 5, 2016
As Albany’s power dynamics shift, Elia gets an education in politics
Since her appointment last May, Elia has promised to work closely with the state’s many opposing educational groups, but that is becoming a challenge.
February 5, 2016
These 22 education bills are still alive halfway through Indiana's 2016 legislative session
The bills switch chambers and could begin hearings as early as next week.
January 25, 2016
Bill to loosen union control of teacher pay moves ahead
Democrats on the House Education Committee and ISTA officials opposed the bill.
an objective measure
April 7, 2015
As new teacher evaluation system looms, Tisch defends need for state tests
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch continues to defend the need for state tests as an objective measure in the new teacher evaluation system.
March 3, 2015
City seeks next group of PROSE schools, as Fariña praises first round of changes
Some of the schools already in the program are waiting to fully implement the plans that were given preliminary approval last summer.
January 21, 2015
Ferebee wants IPS teachers to work five more days
Indianapolis Public Schools teachers say Superintendent Lewis Ferebee's plan to improve instruction by adding five training days to the calendar starting next school year will end up costing them.
October 29, 2014
NYSUT, following UFT, asks court to dismiss lawsuit challenging teacher tenure
The state teachers union is joining the city’s union in asking the court to toss out a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure laws in New York…
September 24, 2014
New IPS teachers contract pays bonuses based on performance
The deal for a one-year contract was widely hailed Tuesday night by IPS and the teacher's union as innovative and a step in the right direction when it comes to improving pay for the cash-strapped district's 2,000 teachers.
The Best Laid Plans
May 26, 2014
Principals can collect lesson plans but can't say what goes in them, arbitrator rules
Just weeks after negotiating a contract with the city that many hailed as a victory for educators, the city teachers union has successfully argued that teachers alone get to decide what to put in their lesson plans.
the final hours
April 30, 2014
Career ladder, fewer eval metrics, and face time with parents in teacher contract, sources say
Retroactive pay is poised to come through for teachers, but how much is still unclear, sources say of a contract deal being finalized by the UFT and the city. What is more clear, they say, is a new teacher pay system, changes to teacher evaluations and more face time with parents.
April 26, 2014
Warm words between mayor and union chief amid contract negotiations
After that gushing introduction, Mayor Bill de Blasio rode a wave of cheers onstage before launching into a speech to teachers at their…
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