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President Obama and 2014 National Teacher of the Year finalists applaud Sean McComb, second from right, a high school English teacher from Maryland, as the 2014 National Teacher of the Year during an event at the White House.
—Susan Walsh/AP

Obama Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Teachers and Testing

The president may have a view of teaching that involves more than test results, but his administration's policies have arguably failed to focus much attention beyond that aspect. (May 6, 2014)

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07/31 02:02 pm | N.C. Budget Deal Couples Teacher Raises With Pay-Structure Overhaul | Closing in on a budget deal, North Carolina will restructure its pay system and provide teachers with raises averaging 7 percent.

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06/26 12:50 pm | Shared Power Creates School Success | Teacher-led schools provide students with meaningful learning opportunities while creating great working conditions for teachers, writes charter school teacher Carrie Bakken.

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Commentary Collection: Perspectives on TFA in its 20th Year
In its two decades, Teach For America has dispatched more than 20,000 young teachers to work in some of America's poorest schools and communities.

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Rather than stall progress, the NEA and the AFT should help schools transition from relics of the past to institutions of the future, writes Leslie C. Francis.
July 30, 2014 - Education Week
For Robert Kolar, the first year of teaching was difficult—but it was also rewarding. He offers some advice to new teachers starting this fall.
July 29, 2014 - Teacher
At their recent conventions, the teachers' unions showed remarkable alignment on key issues, from testing and accountability to common-core implementation and forceful rebukes of Secretary Duncan.
July 25, 2014 - Education Week
The Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers brings educators with a keen interest in the law to Washington for a hands-on encounter with the nation's highest court.
July 21, 2014 - Education Week
Forty-two years after he lost his job as a social studies teacher, Jim Gaylord received an apology from the Tacoma, Wash., school district.
July 17, 2014 - AP
Schools need teachers to take on leadership roles, argues elementary school teacher Anthony Colucci. But those leadership roles are only valuable when they don't stifle teachers' creativity and individuality.
July 15, 2014 - Teacher
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
President Barack Obama brought forward a new administration effort Monday to place quality teachers in schools that need them the most.
July 7, 2014 - AP
The decision by a California judge declaring unconstitutional key aspects of teacher tenure and due-process protections has made waves, but the implications in that state and beyond remain unclear.
July 7, 2014 - Education Week
Some advocates say that digitally oriented instructional arrangements can improve not only student learning but teachers' working conditions and job satisfaction as well.
June 18, 2014 - Teacher

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