The editors at Education Week have handpicked memorable articles from 2011. Below are ten of the most significant stories from our 2011 coverage of teachers.
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GOP leaders in Idaho, Indiana, and Tennessee are proposing bills that would limit what, if anything, teachers’ unions could negotiate. (February 7, 2011)
The rise of nonunion advocacy groups for teachers has enabled them to cut their teeth on policy issues that affect the profession. (September 12, 2011)
As the Race to the Top deadline looms, unlikely players are taking the lead in designing the new evaluation systems. (April 26, 2011)
Sponsors and participants at the Denver gathering vowed to work at reforms that will be beneficial to teachers, students, and officials. (February 18, 2011)
Nationwide, most teach subjects or in grades in which value-added data are unavailable. (January 31, 2011)
Collective bargaining is being used as a vehicle to drive both teacher and student learning. (November 15, 2011)
Arizona State requires yearlong student-teaching for all undergraduate education majors, who must prove mastery of teaching skills. (November 15, 2011)
Some states have functioning systems for rating teachers that are included in their NCLB waiver requests, while others provide only sketchy details. (December 12, 2011)
Lawsuits, e-mail “blasts,” phone banks, and rallies are among the tools unions are using to mobilize teachers and public support. (March 28, 2011)
The tool to alert teachers of pending layoffs may have outlived its usefulness, especially in tough budget times. (March 31, 2011)
A version of this article appeared in the January 12, 2011 edition of Education Week