With about 21% of Milwaukee students ending the school year in a different school from which they started, educators and policymakers are trying to find ways to curb mobility and lessen its academic effects. "There are always going to problems outside of school that take kids away," said David Coyle, the lead teacher at the Milwaukee Learning Laboratory & Institute. "But the key is to have the kids want to be in school."
Setting new "highly qualified" standards for principals based on skills and a demonstration of effectiveness would clarify what sets top leaders apart, write National Board for Professional Teaching Standards President and CEO Joseph A. Aguerrebere Jr., American Association of School Administrators executive director Paul D. Houston and National Association of Secondary School Principals executive director Gerald N. Tirozzi.
More than 100 Texas biology professors have written a joint letter to the state's education department emphasizing the importance of educating students about evolution and allowing the agency's employees to speak their minds on the topic. "It is extraordinarily unfortunate and inappropriate that religious views are dictating hiring and firing decisions at the Texas Education Agency," said University of Texas biology professor David Hillis. "This is an enormous black eye in terms of our competitiveness."
A San Diego-area third-grade probationary teacher whose contract was not renewed after she became pregnant won a $1 million judgment against her district. A jury decided that Danielle Coziahr had been discriminated against based on her gender and that she otherwise would have become a tenured teacher.