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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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10/30 03:10 pm | Indianapolis Cancels Teacher-Led School Turnaround Contract | A turnaround strategy using cohorts of teacher-leaders won't be used in Indianapolis.

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The launch of two new pilot projects signals a shift in direction for the national teacher-training and -placement organization.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Educators gathered recently for training on how to size up instructional resources for possible inclusion in a digital library that a common-core testing consortium is developing.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Elementary school teacher Emily Kilgore found that getting to know one of her students' families spurred on her classroom instruction.
March 11, 2014 - Teacher
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Arthur C. Graesser, a University of Memphis professor of experimental and cognitive psychology, says "you have to be very subtle in smuggling in serious content."
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
Teachers in Indiana may be a step ahead of the state's policymakers in implementing sweeping academic standards.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
The idea that a standardized assessment can measure something so broad and nebulous as "critical thinking" or "college readiness" or "teacher efficacy" should be given up entirely, says high school English teacher Ilana Garon.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
A school district in southwestern Oregon is making a concerted effort to ensure the data its teachers collect and analyze prominently include samples of students' discursive writing.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
Deborah Meier recounts her experiences in schools during the "heyday" of the campaign to end poverty and considers where the fight stands now.
March 4, 2014 - Education Week

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