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Improving the Effectiveness of California’s Teaching Force

On Wednesday, The Sacramento Bee published an opinion piece by Steve Westly that outlined suggestions for improving the effectiveness of California’s teaching force. In particular, Westly suggests expanding alternative certification programs, improving outreach to college graduates, and utilizing funding and other incentives to attract STEM teachers, particularly in low-income communities.  Westly also […continue]

A Positive IMPACT on Student Success

For Education Next, Thomas S. Dee and James Wyckoff examined the consequences of IMPACT, an effort by the District of Colombia Public Schools (DCPS) to set standards for high-quality instruction and retain and reward teachers based on their individual performance assessment. The researchers found that, under IMPACT, DCPS saw dramatic improvements in […continue]

Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Board Decries Efforts to Kill AB 1220

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Board decried the CTA’s so-far unsuccessful efforts to kill the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), a bill authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) at the urging of teacher organizations Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence. Assemblymember Weber decided to hold AB 1220 in the Senate Education Committee, […continue]

U.S. House Appropriations Committee Rejects Restoration of Funding for Federal Teacher Training Grants

Yesterday, The 74’s Carolyn Phenicie covered the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s rejection of efforts by Democrats to restore money for federal teacher training grants and other education programs. Simultaneously, members considered a bill that would cut the Education Department’s budget by approximately $2.4 billion — after the Trump administration had hoped to […continue]

AB 1220 To Be Taken Up Next Year

Yesterday, EdSource’s John Fensterwald covered Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s (D-San Diego) decision to hold the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220) in the Senate Education Committee as a two-year bill, allowing the committee and AB 1220 supporters to take it up next year. In a statement, Assemblymember Weber explained, “We […continue]

Why LAUSD Board of Education Member George McKenna III Supports AB 1220

Today, the Los Angeles Daily News posted an op-ed authored by LAUSD Board of Education Member George McKenna III in support of the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), a teacher tenure bill that will be voted in in the California Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, July 12. This legislation was […continue]

Minnesota Court Hears Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Appeal

On Wednesday, the Star Tribune’s Beena Raghavendran reported that the Minnesota Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for a lawsuit in which a group of parents are challenging the constitutionality of Minnesota’s teacher tenure, dismissal, and “last in, first out” laws. At the center of the lawsuit, which was initially dismissed by […continue]

Additional Mentoring Benefits New Teachers — and Their Students

Yesterday, Education Week’s Madeline Will reported on findings from a new study that pairing new teachers with high-quality, well-trained mentors results in the equivalent of up to five months of additional learning for their students. The study was conducted by SRI Education and included trials in Chicago and Broward County, Florida. The evaluation […continue]

Creating Systematic Change for Young Men of Color

In LA School Report yesterday, Sarah Favot covered a report by The Education Trust—West that calls for systematic change in order to help Latino and African American boys in California to get to and succeed in college. The report, titled “Hear My Voice: Strengthening the College Pipeline for Young Men of Color in California” urged […continue]

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