Andrew Ujifusa -- The New York State Education Department is upset because it believes at least one district subverted state law by reaching a sotto voce, improper agreement with its teachers' union that new evaluations wouldn't lead to teachers getting fired.
President Enrique Pena Nieto signed Mexico's most sweeping education reform in seven decades into law Monday, seeking to change a system in which teaching positions could be sold or inherited, and no official census of schools, teachers and students was ever carried out.
Hundreds of federal police forced protesting teachers off the main highway between Mexico City and Acapulco Friday after the demonstrators blocked the roadway for hours, causing a huge traffic backup.
Teachers throughout the region are protesting an educational reform that will submit them to evaluation and loosen union control over hiring and firing. Protesters had blocked the four-lane highway at least twice for before, starting in March.
Michael J. Petrilli -- Teachers unions remain the Goliath to the school reformers’ David. That was the lesson from votes in Idaho and Indiana, where unions successfully took on or took out Republican school superintendents.
Anthony Cody -- The election of 2012 was a tough one for some who consider themselves "reformers" of education. Michael Petrilli, of the Hoover and Fordham Institutes wrote yesterday, in an op-ed that appeared in the Charlotte Observer, that "Teachers unions remain the Goliath to the school reformers' David."
Twenty-one California school districts and educational consortiums have applied for a $400 million federal grant program that has been strongly opposed by many teachers unions.
The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that it received 371 applications -- representing more than 1,100 school districts -- for the national Race to the Top competition.
What adult moviegoer hasn't hoped Hollywood could rouse itself at least every once in awhile to pay attention to the issues of the day.
But while the hot button-hugging "Won't Back Down" would seem to do just that, it also serves to warn us to be careful what we wish for. This poor film is so shamelessly manipulative and hopelessly bogus it will make you bite your tongue in regret and despair.
Yesterday afternoon, the nonprofit group Students Matter sponsored a groundbreaking lawsuit against the state of California and the California Department of Education to strike down outdated state laws that prevent the recruitment, support and retention of effective teachers.