Despite regular violence, vandalism and other crime, the South Bronx Academy for Applied Media middle school received an "A" in New York City's recent report cards, even though it also resides on the New York State Education Department's list of "persistently dangerous" schools. However, the school has raised the scores of its lowest-performing students despite low overall averages, and safety considerations represent just 2.5% of a school's total grade under the city's scoring system.
In the 1960s, Albert Shanker transformed the New York Teachers Guild into a 70,000-member powerhouse and paved the way for more powerful teachers unions nationwide, writes Richard Kahlenberg in "Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy." As leader of the American Federation of Teachers from 1974 until his death in 1997, Shanker backed public school choice, standards and firing poor teachers.
A conservative-leaning think tank in New York City says teachers are paid on par with other white-collar workers. A study by the Manhattan Institute found that the average public school teacher in Iowa City earns 27% percent more money than the average white-collar worker, when wages are calculated per hour. However, a teachers union analysis of the data finds that teachers make $20,000 below the average for white-collar workers.
A possible security breach on the SAT exam in South Korea underscores the longstanding practice by the College Board of recycling entire SAT exams. At least one student who took the recent exam appeared to have had access to the questions ahead of time, according to the Educational Testing Service, which is investigating. The SAT exam at issue was identical to the one given in the U.S. in December 2005.
An anti-bullying law is making its way toward approval in Iowa, having already been passed by the state senate. The plan requires schools to create anti-bullying policies that meet a certain standard, and supporters of the law believe a state-imposed ban will give teachers and schools the tools they need to fight bullies.