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Marc Gosselin, center, the principal of Anna L. Lingelbach Elementary School in Philadelphia, started the year with a discretionary budget of $160. The district’s board recently canceled its contract with the teachers’ union to send more resources to schools.
—Jessica Kourkounis for Education Week

Cancellation of Phila. Teachers' Contract Ignites Firestorm

The district's decision echoes other actions by states and school boards to control personnel costs and rein in the political influence of public-employee unions. (October 27, 2014)

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Teacher Beat Blog

11/25 05:09 pm | Ed. Dept. Teacher-Prep Regulations Released; Aim to Tie Aid to Program Performance | A first look at the U.S. Department of Education's proposed rules for rating teacher-preparation programs.

Teaching Ahead Blog

11/24 10:43 am | Teachers Can't Thrive When They're Working in Isolation | Peer evaluation is just one of the components missing from collaborative environments, Precious Crabtree writes.

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When Teacher's Out: Building a Professional Substitute-Teaching Force
In this webinar, our guests discuss the role of the substitute teacher, the implications of teacher absences, and how school districts can improve the quality of substitute teachers.

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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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Justin Minkel, an elementary teacher in Arkansas, says that a supportive school environment coupled with tailored instructional techniques can help English-language learners make dramatic gains in achievement.
November 4, 2014 - Teacher (Web)
Accurate data are crucial for determining whether teacher-candidates are prepared for the classroom, write Mary Brabeck and Frank C. Worrell.
November 4, 2014 - Education Week
November 3, 2014 - Education Week
In her recent public criticism of former L.A. schools chief John Deasy, the president of the American Federation of Teachers does not encourage civil dialogue, writes Peter Cunningham.