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Tenn. repeals law tying test scores to teacher evaluation

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In a stunning reversal, the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly repealed a law to evaluate teachers by test scores, and the law was swiftly signed by Gov. (Bill) Haslam. On a day when Arne Duncan withdrew Washington State’s failure to enact test-based teacher valuation system, this is a remarkable turn of events.” That is from Diane Ravitch’ blog last week.


Walmart schools

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The Walton Family Foundation is working hard to spread charter schools. The "New York Times" reports that the foundation has basically subsidized the entire Washington D.C. charter school system over the last 12 years. They have given DC Prep more than $1 million in grants.


Big business pushing low-quality education

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According to a recently released Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report on charter schools, their privatization proposals are driven, “more by financial and ideological grounds than by sound pedagogy.” The in-depth research, conducted by University of Oregon associate professor and political economist Gordon Lafer, says that backers of the kind of reforms that have been heartily adopted in cities with many low-income students such as Milwaukee, WI, include being “enamored” with the Rocketship chain of schools.


Cyber-charter educators vote to join union

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A group of Pennsylvania educators who teach at a cyber-charter school voted to unionize. “Education Week” reports that the teachers of PA Cyber were bothered about their compensation when put side by side with teachers in the traditional bricks-and-mortar schools.


Having a" voice" or shaping the decision?

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Read what Camas High School teacher Mark Gardner says in his "Stories from School" blog post about the difference between genuine leadership and simple implementation.


Do you have what you need?

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Education International has launched a global campaign, Unite for Quality Education. It spotlights quality tools, quality environment and quality teachers. As part of this campaign, they invite educators to take a few minutes to complete a survey which assesses teaching and learning conditions in their classrooms.


Tacoma teacher is $25,000 award recipient

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Tacoma Education Association member Nathan Gibbs-Bowling is Washington’s 2013-14 recipient of a $25,000 Milken Educator Award. In a surprise assembly this morning, the Lincoln High School teacher was greeted by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, state Rep. Jake Fey and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland among other dignitaries. More than 1,400 students and faculty were on hand to watch Gibbs-Bowling receive the news from Foundation Co-Founder Michael Milken.


Listen (and watch)

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The Seattle Education blog has the full-length film called “Listen,” a documentary that looks at education from a student perspective. It is compelling and refreshing and an antidote to the usual “ed reform” hoopla we are so accustomed to seeing in mainstream media. Take a look.


Clever answers

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Due to post-Representative Assembly fatigue and in honor of "testing season," we post another day of laughter.


Laughter is the best medicine

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While RA is going on in Spokane, take a look at this advertisement for a new "medication," antiunionol.


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