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New York Magazine Writer Thinks Ravitch Will "Make" Unions "Go Republican"

I just finished writing a post about American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten’s allegiance to the Democratic Party above all else, and what link do I open up next? 1,029 more words

Common Core

Lesson 2: Merit Pay Is Unfair to Our Most At-Risk Students

I’m the best teacher in the world. I just spent four days teaching a writing workshop and you would not believe how much those students improved in an incredibly short time. 1,478 more words

True Confessions

Waiting for Respite (à la Rukeyser)

He said RTTT & NCLB’d be great and we’d excel together

He said VAM & high-stakes testing would be better than before

He said we were falling behind other countries… 196 more words

Will Free-Pass Mainstream Media Clean Up Their Chetty Mess?

The New York Times couldn’t hold back: Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain.

And for two years now, the so-called Chetty study that claims teacher quality directly… 510 more words


Is Weingarten Really Against VAM? Or Was Her Conversion "A Sham"?

In January 2014, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten finally stated that she is completely opposed to using value added modeling (VAM) as a component on teacher evaluations. 1,013 more words

Randi Weingarten

Raising Our Glasses to the Teachers

Dear Teachers and Paraprofessionals,

We parents love the Toast the Teachers fundraisers organized by the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, and not just because we get to have a good time.  948 more words