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Where are the teachers going?

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Why are numbers in college teacher programs falling so quickly? The University of North Carolina School of Education dean says he thinks it’s because people considering the field no longer see it as a stable career. He says the “headache list” is long for teachers with high-stakes testing and efforts to link developmentally inappropriate tests to teacher evaluation.


Brave steps forward?

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A New York elementary school has taken the first step in applying lessons learned from Finland. For many, this is a beacon of hope. If you've seen the film, "Race to Nowhere," you'll know that many agree that homework has gotten out of control.  Some say educators are being asked to teach far more than what is possible to teach in a school year. What do you think?


The time is now

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New York’s 2013 Principal of the Year, Carol Burris, is shedding light on the way high stakes testing is hurting students. She says there comes a time to break rules if it means protecting students from unneccessary high stakes testing and that time is now.


Litzow assails, attacks educators as usual

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WEA members are in Olympia today opposing irrational bills mandating the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow, have no basis in research proving that enacting either one would have any kind of positive impact on student learning. This is part of a national movement assailing teachers. Check out the letter seven teachers of the year in New York sent to their governor for the same kind of test score shenanigans.


State Democrats Oppose Common Core

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While Seahawks fans were gearing up for the Superbowl this weekend, the Washington State Democrats passed a resolution in opposition of Common Core. Read what National Board Certified Teacher Tom White says about dealing with the frustration around this latest development.


Go Hawks!

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Everett High School released this lip dub video last April in celebration of Superbowl XLVIII.  It’s fitting to take a look before Superbowl XLIX.


Washington is number one on "Terrible 10" tax list

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Washington is number one in most regressive taxes. That means our laws hurt the poor and benefit the rich. The nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s new analysis places us at the top when it comes to the most regressive tax systems in the nation. With pressure to fund McCleary, now is the time for lawmakers to close corporate loopholes and create a fairer tax system.


Focus on equal opportunities for all students

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As lawmakers in Olympia begin their 105-day session in Olympia today, the NEA is calling on lawmakers in the other Washington to refocus the Elementary Secondary Education Act where it belongs – on ensuring that all students have equal educational opportunities.


I teach fourth grade

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National Board Certified Teacher and blogger Tom White spent a little time, over winter break, reflecting upon Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal. While White says he fully supports K-3 class size reduction, he is not at all convinced that it should stop there.


Fewer standardized tests on the horizon?

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Politico reporter Caitlin Emma’s story on new efforts to reduce the number of hours students spend on standardized tests reports that teachers in Rhode Island are spending more than 70 school days a year assessing students with mandated exams. Council of the Great City Schools Executive Director reports his group found that students in one school system take up to 113 standardized exams from kindergarten through senior year and that’s before Adavanced Placement (AP), ACTs or SATs.


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