At least 74 Dallas teachers have successfully appealed the district's Classroom Effectiveness Index calculations, which are used to help determine merit-pay bonuses. Many of the discrepancies appear to have stemmed from clerical errors, this article says.
While some educators might find technology intimidating, it may be the key to engaging many of today's students, writes Iris Salters, president of the Michigan Education Association. Children also need high-level reading and thinking skills to judge the accuracy of online information and put disparate bits of information into a coherent context.
More nontraditional certification programs should be used to fill widening teacher shortages, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings told Missouri education leaders shortly before the state's Senate voted on initial acceptance of a new alternative-certification program, critics of which have said is insufficient and lowers educator standards.
If the Florida legislature passes a bill requiring more physical-education classes, some middle-school students could be left without any elective periods, while others will be forced to choose only one course from among the arts, computer sciences and foreign languages -- something that is causing concern among some of the educators who teach those courses.
California districts are grappling with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed $4.4 billion in 2008-2009 statewide education cuts, and are either considering or enacting measures that include layoffs, school closures and replacing principals with program managers.