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Study: Poor Performing Schools Rarely Get Shut Down
posted by: Megan | December 17, 2010, 12:48 pm   

Despite tough talk from politicians, school officials and reformers, underperforming schools are rarely closed according to a new study.  Released this week by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the report finds that low-performing public schools—both charter and traditional schools—are often resistant to significant change and are rarely closed completely.

New Poll: Americans Want to Pay Teachers More—and Fire The Bad Ones
posted by: Megan | December 14, 2010, 02:45 pm   
According to a new poll released today by the Associated Press and Stanford University, an overwhelming majority believe that it is necessary to fire bad teachers, but in contrast believe that teachers are paid too little.  
Stranger Than Fiction: Inner-City Parents Take Over School
posted by: Megan | December 13, 2010, 10:30 am   

This week, an elementary school in Compton, California is receiving national attentionafter a group of parents banded together to force improvements at the failing institution. Yelling "yes we can!" and "si se puede!" a busload of parents on Tuesday became the first in California to try to force reforms at their children's school using a new law designed to help parents take back schools.  

Do NOT Do That: A Teacher’s List for Herself
posted by: Megan | December 09, 2010, 02:57 pm   
There are many helpful lists of what we should do to as educators. But what should be avoided?

Many thanks to Melissa Kelly, Secondary Education Guide over at, who provides ten ideas of what not to do. Click on the article's link to read a further explanation.
Charter School Educators: Last Week to Apply for a Scholarship
posted by: Megan | December 08, 2010, 08:40 pm   

There is only one week left for charter school educators to apply for professional development scholarships on PACE's dime.  Read more to find out how to apply.

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