Tuesday, July 19, 2011

“We’re starting to eviscerate education.”

Our Broken Escalator

"We're starting to eviscerate education."

New York Times Opinion By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, Published: July 16, 2011
THE United States supports schools in Afghanistan because we know that education is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to build a country.
Alas, we've forgotten that lesson at home. All across America, school budgets are being cut, teachers laid off and education programs dismantled.

New York City Abandons Teacher Bonus Program

New York Times By SHARON OTTERMAN, Published: July 17, 2011
A New York City program that distributed $56 million in performance bonuses to teachers and other school staff members over the last three years will be permanently discontinued, the city Department of Education said on Sunday.
The decision was made in light of a study that found the bonuses had no positive effect on either student performance or teachers' attitudes toward their jobs.

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 07/18/2011

President Obama's unusual education roundtable

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
President Obama hosted an education roundtable at the White House on Monday and I'll give you one chance to guess who wasn't high on the guest list.

Ratings suggest fewer than 2% of area educators are failing

Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:31 pm, Sun Jul 17, 2011.
Bucks County Courier Times By Christina Kristofic , Staff Writer 
These days, every child is a special child who does a "very good job."
Apparently, so are their teachers and principals.

Posted on Tue, Jul. 19, 2011
Neshaminy teachers' union calls new contract offer an 'insult'
By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the latest chapter of the Neshaminy School District's contentious 31/2-year teachers' contract saga, union leaders ended Monday's negotiating session after two minutes, calling the school board's new offer an "insult."

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