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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]

Will California Ensure Teacher Equity Under ESSA?

On Wednesday, SI&A Cabinet Report’s Tom Chorneau reported that the California Department of Education released portions of its draft State Plan under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in advance of next week’s California State Board of Education meeting. Among the components made public are details for Title […continue]

Improving the Nation’s Teacher Preparation Programs

This Wednesday, Education Dive’s editor Autumn Arnett reported on the U.S. Department of Education’s release of finalized regulations for teacher preparation programs. The new regulations are designed to improve the quality — and increase the accountability — of teacher preparation programs nationwide. The new rules focus on quality training outcomes and […continue]

Doe v. Antioch Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit in Court

Today, a group of California teachers, parents and concerned taxpayers seeking to ensure that public school educators are meaningfully evaluated, as required by state law, will have their day in court. Their lawsuit, Doe v. Antioch, asks the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County to compel thirteen school districts […continue]

Teacher Quality Drives Great Schools

This week, The 74’s Matt Barnum looks at the national push to improve teacher quality — specifically , the Obama administration’s call for states to “evaluate individual teachers and tie those evaluations to pay, tenure, promotion and dismissal decisions.” As President Obama has previously explained, “[The] single most important factor in the classroom is […continue]

Evidence Matters

Students Matter. And so does the evidence. Thursday marked an important milestone in the Vergara case: three justices of the California Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the appeal of the groundbreaking case (in case you missed it, check out the unedited audio here). During oral argument, counsel for […continue]

New Report: Vergara Policy Roadmap

A week before the California Court of Appeal hears oral argument in Vergara v. California, the University of San Diego’s Center for Education Policy and Law and San Diego State University’s National Center for Urban School Transformation, released a new report: “Increasing Access to Effective Teachers for All Children in […continue]