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August 14, 2018
How one Chicago principal is leaning on data to help black boys
Test scores were rising at Fuller Elementary School when Marilyn McCottrell took over in 2016. Yet troubling trends loomed behind the numbers.
Detroit Story Booth
August 6, 2018
Watch this Detroit student read his poem about teachers who thought his differences were ADHD
This Detroiter's poem deals with how his teachers treated him when they thought he had ADHD or autism.
August 3, 2018
How Chicago teachers really feel about safety, discipline, and school choice
More than four in 10 Chicago teachers feel unsafe at school, a markedly greater percentage than teachers nationally — but at the same…
July 25, 2018
Chicago schools pass $7.5 billion budget despite calls to halt vote
On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass Chicago Public Schools’ $7.5 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year, despite calls…
July 19, 2018
New budget gives CPS CEO Janice Jackson opportunity to play offense
Running Chicago’s schools might be the toughest tour of duty in town for a public sector CEO. There have been eight chiefs in…
time for kids
June 20, 2018
New York City agrees to provide paid family leave to teachers
After sustained pressure from teachers and the unions, the city will provide paid family leave for teachers.
By the numbers
June 7, 2018
How many layoffs at your CPS school?
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that the district will lay off 156 teachers and 382 support personnel at the end of the school year.
June 6, 2018
Chicago Public Schools to cut 156 teachers, 382 support personnel
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that the district will lay off 156 teachers and 382 support personnel at the end of the school…
work hard play hard
May 16, 2018
Memphis teachers share basketball, even if they don’t share a district
The teachers, mostly black men, have turned it into a networking opportunity as well as a way to let off steam.
March 6, 2018
Bill to arm some Tennessee teachers with guns on hold for now
Rep. David Byrd, named this week to the governor's task force on school safety, says he'll "wait and see" before pressing his bill.
March 1, 2018
Haslam to name task force on school safety in Tennessee
The governor's task force will include law enforcement, education leaders, mental health professionals, and legislators.
February 28, 2018
Proposal to arm teachers with guns advances in Tennessee legislature
The bill would allow districts to adopt policies that let select school staff voluntarily carry a concealed handgun on school property.
out of pocket
February 7, 2018
Colorado teachers spend hundreds of dollars on their classrooms, union survey says
The results come as state lawmakers are poised to debate again this year how much money to spend on schools.
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
Gold standard teachers
January 9, 2018
Tennessee adds nationally certified teachers but continues to trail in the South
Twenty Tennessee educators earn a national certification that’s considered the profession’s highest mark of achievement.
November 16, 2017
Teachers in Millington and Knoxville just won the Oscar awards of education
Teachers in Millington and Knoxville receive a prestigious national teaching award, $25,000 checks, and a visit from the state’s education chief.
share your story
August 18, 2017
Teachers: How does your district handle family leave? How did it affect your life?
Your answers will help guide our reporting.
change over time
August 9, 2017
Why do New York City educators not get paid family leave? A teacher’s petition reignites a fight
Teachers union members must use their own accrued sick days to take time off after having a child.
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June 21, 2017
Restrictions on teacher pay in Detroit schools can scare away applicants — and make it hard to fill 260 classroom positions
In Detroit, as many as 260 classroom teacher positions are unfilled in the state’s largest district, prompting a shortage so severe that substitutes last year were the full-time solution in more than 100 classrooms.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made many education promises. Here’s what he’s delivered so far — and what he hasn’t
With the mayoral election approaching, we've taken stock of de Blasio's progress on education.
apple a day
May 12, 2017
New York City is honoring 19 exceptional teachers. Here’s who they are
New York City announced its Big Apple Award winners.
April 12, 2017
Teacher merit pay has merit when it comes to student scores, analysis shows
After years of conflicting studies about whether teacher incentive pay improves student performance, a Vanderbilt University analysis offers a conclusion — and suggestions.
March 28, 2017
Memphis lawmaker, voucher advocate says ‘unraised’ students hold back public schools, teachers
Rep. John DeBerry’s comments offer new insight into his motivation for wanting families to be able to use public funding to pay private school tuition.
Father of TVAAS
March 20, 2017
William Sanders, pioneer of controversial value-added model for judging teachers, dies
The Tennessee statistician and researcher came up with the nation’s first system for evaluating teachers based on student growth, kicking off a contentious debate.
March 17, 2017
Colorado’s rural schools need teachers and want lawmakers to help
Lawmakers are considering three bills that supporters believe could help schools — especially those in rural areas like La Veta — combat a teacher shortage that is only expected to get worse.
March 3, 2017
Want educational equity? Make sure your teachers feel valued, say lawmakers
Talk turns to teachers during a discussion with state lawmakers organized by the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition.
school for love
February 13, 2017
A three-year secret relationship, three TFA marriages, and other love stories from school
This Valentine’s Day, Chalkbeat is looking at the love stories that launch in teachers’ lounges, training sessions, and after-school happy hours every year.
January 26, 2017
Memphis wants to become ‘Teacher Town,’ especially to feed its ‘priority schools.’ Here’s the latest feedback from teachers.
A new survey offers insights into what’s working, what’s not, and where the city’s new teacher hires are coming from.
November 15, 2016
Pumpkin pie with a side of exhaustion: Why late fall is such a tough time to be a teacher
By November, not only is the honeymoon over, but at least in my classroom, we’re already having fantasies of divorce.
the day after
November 9, 2016
How educators are handling this complicated, emotional day in America, in their own words
Here’s a glimpse of what the day has looked like so far, from teachers and education leaders who’ve begun to share their thoughts publicly.
October 13, 2016
This Tennessee teacher will tour cemeteries in Hawaii, California and the Philippines. Here’s why.
A STEM teacher in Clarksville, Whitney Joyner talks about her unique national opportunity, and how she plans to bring what she learns to the classroom.
October 5, 2016
Tennessee doesn’t pay for enough teachers to meet its class size mandates, says state report
The state comptroller reports that school districts employ about 12,700 more educators than the state funds.
How I Teach
September 16, 2016
How I Teach: Keeping it simple with Friday calls to parents and nimble lesson plans
A Memphis teacher shares how collaboration with teachers and communication with parents make a difference in the classroom.
Updated August 30, 2016
Calling all new math teachers: Shelby County Schools wants to give you $5,000
A shortage of high school math teachers in Memphis has Shelby County Schools willing to award a $5,000 signing bonus to those hired after Aug. 15.
August 25, 2016
First Person: It doesn’t matter how ‘proficient’ a potential teacher is. Here’s what we look for instead
The authors say they don't judge potential teachers by their excellence, but rather how open they are to rethinking their approach.
August 18, 2016
A top HR leader resigns from Shelby County Schools
Sheila Redick's departure leaves a void as the district seeks to hire about 100 additional teachers for the new school year.
August 18, 2016
Growing need for stronger teachers in needier classrooms gets look from Tennessee lawmakers
Tennessee kids most in need of good teaching are often missing out — a growing concern as state officials try to come up with a plan.
August 16, 2016
Tennessee teachers are still happier in their jobs. But here’s how they aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with their principals
Tennessee’s annual educator survey is out, and it shows that teachers and administrators don't see eye-to-eye on discipline policies.
July 26, 2016
Hopson: 123 teachers still needed for Memphis schools before Aug. 8
With just two weeks until the school year begins, Tennessee's largest district needs to fill 123 teaching jobs.
Anatomy of a lesson
July 25, 2016
How to use history to teach kids about race
In a season of racial turmoil across the nation, one nonprofit organization is pointing teachers to history to help them teach their students about race.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
July 15, 2016
As America’s students grow more diverse, a leading researcher explains how schools can adapt
A conversation with Teachers College Professor Amy Stuart Wells, who organized an first-of-its-kind conference on diverse schools.
Be bold and be honest
July 8, 2016
Great teachers are experts at difficult conversations. Here’s their advice to America on talking about race.
As Americans struggle to talk about racism this week, who better to ask for advice than teachers? We spoke with seven educators and compiled their suggestions.
June 20, 2016
Only 8 percent of New York City teachers are men of color. Here’s how the city is trying to change that
The status quo leaves thousands of students without role models who resemble them, and without teachers who research shows tend to have higher expectations of them.
May 27, 2016
For a second year, layoffs impact about 500 Shelby County educators
On the final day of school, Shelby County Schools announces layoffs — and the expectation of rehiring most of those displaced for other teaching positions.
the day after
April 28, 2016
Turns out, Tennessee wasn’t ready for TNReady after all
The state's decision to suspend standardized testing for most grades generates relief that the on-again, off-again assessment known as TNReady is mostly done.
April 12, 2016
Memphis district embraces one-year extension of Gates award as crucial to teacher improvement work
Shelby County Schools receives an extension from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, giving the district more time to use $11 million left from the 2009 gift.
April 5, 2016
Budget cuts loom for Shelby County Schools, again — here’s what we know
As Superintendent Dorsey Hopson prepares to unveil his proposed budget for Tennessee's largest school district, here are five things to know.
double the fun
March 24, 2016
Can — and should — Colorado teachers serve on local school boards?
There's no law prohibiting teachers or school district employees from serving on their school board.
Gauging a game changer
March 16, 2016
How $90 million from Bill Gates spurred sweeping changes in one school district
As an unprecedented six-year investment begins to dry up in Memphis schools, leaders seek to sustain the teacher quality reforms that have just begun to take root.
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