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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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August 26, 2014 - Education Week
Bright, social-justice-oriented students should not be cavalierly dismissing teaching as an option, writes Margaret Healy.
August 20, 2014 - Teacher
Despite increased professional development for teaching to the new standards, about half of teachers surveyed do not feel the preparation has been adequate.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
A new organization billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to align with the common-core standards.
August 15, 2014 - Education Week
With so many options for professional development, conference organizers are trying new ways to engage educators and make their events stand out.
August 13, 2014 - Teacher
The new budget gives teachers an average increase of 7 percent in the coming year, but radically revamps the existing salary schedule in a way some veterans don’t like.
August 13, 2014 - Education Week
Debate should be an important part of curriculum across the education spectrum, writes Paul Deards.
August 12, 2014 - Education Week
Even though states and districts are choking on data, Bernard Fryshman writes, there's still very little understanding of what constitutes great teaching.
August 11, 2014 - Teacher
States must tell the Education Department by April how they'll make sure poor and minority students aren't taught by unqualified teachers at a higher rate than other students.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
Teacher Brett Bohstedt says that new teachers will quickly learn that nearly anything can happen. He offers suggestions for adapting to life in the classroom.
August 5, 2014 - Teacher

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