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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]

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]

Minnesota Changes LIFO Policy

Yesterday, for MinnPost, Erin Hinrichs covered the changes to Minnesota’s state statute regarding the “last in, first out” layoff policy for teachers. This policy, also known as LIFO, is no longer written in the state statute as the default policy for districts and union leaders who can’t reach an agreement on how […continue]

California Assembly Passes AB 1220

The California Assembly passed Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s (D-San Diego) Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), advancing the recently amended version of the bill to the state senate in a bipartisan vote of 60-5. The legislation, proposed by Assemblymember Weber at the encouragement of teacher organizations Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence will now be considered […continue]

Vladovic: We Need Highly-Trained Teachers in Low-Performing Schools

Yesterday, for LA School Report, Mike Szymanski covered LAUSD Board member Richard Vladovic’s belief that LAUSD should move highly trained teachers to low-performing schools within LAUSD. According to LA School Report, more new teachers in LA Unified are certified by a national teacher accreditation program than any other district in the nation. Vladovic […continue]

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