I was traveling last week and am headed out again tomorrow, so the posting will probably be spotty here on the blog for a little while.
Lots of other news on the teacher front to catch up with, so here are a few things that have caught my attention:
• It looks like House Republicans have restored a planned cut to IDEA by proposing a $500 million cut from the $2.95 billion Title II teacher quality state grants program, Alyson Klein reports. A while back I suggested it was politically unpalatable to cut Title II, but I guess it’s even more politically unpalatable to cut the federal share of IDEA dollars.
• The presidents of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council are apparently pretty upset about the plan by the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S. News and World Report‘s plan to grade schools of education. The nation’s ed. schools need improvement but the entire system is not failing, they wrote in a letter to members, and they pledge to couple the merger of the two voluntary accreditation bodies with higher standards.
• Things are exploding in Wisconsin over a bill to curtail public employees’ bargaining rights. Sean Cavanagh at State Ed Watch has the news covered for you.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.