October 6, 2010
Education Week, Vol. 30, Issue 06
Professional Development Initiative Aims to Refashion Training Path for Principals
Former first lady Laura Bush announced an effort, set to begin in six cities, that aims to change the way America's principals are recruited and prepared—and how they run schools.
Teaching Profession Teachers' Unions Come on Strong in State-Level Races
Democratic candidates on state-level ballots this fall are drawing the lion's share of support from teachers' unions, with the maintenance of school funding a prime concern.
Teaching Chinese Aid Boosts Mandarin-Language Instruction in U.S.
With China's growing power and influence on the global stage, efforts are burgeoning to promote teaching the official Chinese language in U.S. schools.
School & District Management Baltimore Contract Embraces Merit Pay, More Teacher Input
A new Baltimore teachers' contract, announced last week and headed to union members for a ratification vote this month, is being hailed as one of the most progressive in the nation.
Law & Courts Pa. Court Rejects Challenge to Teacher-Address Release
A Pennsylvania appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit filed by the state's largest teachers' union, which sought to prevent the public release of public school employees' home addresses.
Education Some Cite L.A. Times Report After Teacher's Suicide
Mourners at the funeral of 5th grade teacher Rigoberto Ruelas expressed anger at the Los Angeles Times for publicly posting its "value added" ratings for teachers in the district.
Education Funding Race to the Top Assessment Winners to Get Extra Money
The two consortia that won grants from the U.S. Department of Education to create more-uniform assessments are getting an extra $31.7 million to complete their work.
College & Workforce Readiness Gates Gives Cities $12 Million to Boost College Completion
Four U.S. cities will receive $3 million each over the next three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for programs to improve college graduation rates.