Stephen Sawchuk -- Slowly but surely, a growing number of states are eyeing policies to select academically stronger individuals for their teaching programs as one avenue to improve the quality of new teachers. Underneath the attention such plans are attracting, though, run deep-seated fears about their potential consequences—particularly whether they will result in a K-12 workforce with fewer black and Latino teachers.
Experience has taught local educators Jill Steeley and John Waldron that getting to know students is the first step to effective teaching. "You have to take into consideration more than academic performance," said Steeley, who teaches second grade at Central Elementary School in Coweta. "You've got to get to know them well enough to know if there are struggles at home. What is their personality like? You have to get in there and dig and find out all about the child."
Norman North High School English teacher Claudia Swisher has been at the front of a classroom on the first day of school 39 times, and each of those days has consistently been followed by a night of little sleep.
Ezra Klein -- Let’s be very clear: because the Internal Revenue Service holds so much private data, and because it can make people’s lives absolutely miserable, it is of paramount importance in our political system that it both is, and is perceived as, an apolitical entity. If it discriminated against tea party groups that attempted to register as 501(c)4 social welfare organizations, then that’s a grave offense, and it needs to be investigated thoroughly and dealt with severely.
At least one high school student in San Bernardino County could be charged with a crime after photos of nude juvenile girls ended up on social media, police said.
Detectives are investigating how nude photos of four girls -– at least two are juveniles –- were reportedly spread on Twitter by a high school student.
Jason Richwine, the co-author of a controversial Heritage study that has invited an avalanche of blistering criticism, has resigned from Heritage, the first step in what will be an effort to contain the damage arising from the report.
As part of a group essay assignment, a fourth-grade class at Norman’s Jefferson Elementary described their principal, Dr. Kathy Taber. “Mrs. Taber is tall, skinny and sophisticated with blonde hair like sunlight on sand,” the essay reads. “Sophisticated means dressing fancy and acting mature ... she is strict like a police officer and very smart.”
If they did it, cheating didn’t pay well for most of the Atlanta educators charged with crimes, whose bonuses totaled as little as $750 and averaged $2,600. The exception was Superintendent Beverly Hall, whose bonus pay reached about $365,000 since 2005, when an indictment alleges criminal activity began.
Peter Gow -- It probably won't help much, but I've come up with a theory to explain why some teachers are reluctant to embrace change, in particular the new technologies that stand, we keep reminding them, to disrupt education permanently and from top to bottom.
Sarah D. Sparks -- Principals set the tone for academic excellence in their schools, but researchers and policymakers are only just beginning to understand how their leadership affects student achievement. And for harried, time-crunched leaders nationwide, the results might be heartening: It's not quantity, but the quality of time spent on instructional leadership that makes the difference.
Sean Cavanagh -- Ask a parent, politician, or school board member to describe the ideal qualifications of a math teacher, and most would probably rank having a college major in that subject high on the list. Yet when it comes to improving student learning in elementary and middle school, research shows that the value of that academic credential is limited—at best.