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When Layoffs Come to L.A. Schools, Performance Doesn’t Count

December 04, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

After the budget ax fell, quality-blind layoffs cost hundreds of the district's most promising new instructors their jobs. Campuses in poorer areas were disproportionately hurt.

Op-Ed: Teaching for America

November 21, 2010 | The New York Times

“We have to reward excellence,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We’ve been scared in education to talk about excellence. We treated everyone like interchangeable widgets.”

Study Calls for Clearer Teacher Evaluation Protocols

October 07, 2010 | Education Week

Protocols for observing teachers in the classroom during an evaluation should be written in such a way as to leave little room for inference so ratings are clear and objective, asserts a report released this week by the New Teacher Project.

How to Recruit Better Teachers

September 23, 2010 | TIME

Last year the city of Memphis handed over authority for recruiting all new teachers to TNTP. Before school started in August, one way TNTP filled the approximately 800 open teaching positions in Memphis was with its Teaching Fellows, a corps of accomplished career changers recruited from around the nation.

Our View: When Every Teacher is Rated ‘Great,’ Students Suffer

September 09, 2010 | USA Today

The raging debate sparked by the LA Times misses the larger point. If school officials cared enough about students to evaluate teachers properly, a newspaper wouldn't have to try to do it for them.

Unmasking the “Blame the Teacher” Crowd

August 05, 2010 | Eduwonk

The hunt has intensified recently for a shadowy menace: the “blame-the-teacher crowd.” Yet the truth is that the existence of the blame-the-teacher crowd is a myth.

Memphis as a Model

July 15, 2010 | Memphis Flyer

When Memphis won funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, it charged TNTP with hiring the district's teachers. Now the district's bold initiatives have put Memphis in the spotlight of national education reform.

Op-Ed: California’s Quality-Blind Layoffs Law Harms Teachers and Students

March 24, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Over the last several weeks, nearly 30,000 teachers throughout California received layoff notices. Factors related to job performance should be taken into account rather than length of service.

Editorial: No (Tenured) Teacher Left Behind

February 23, 2010 | The Wall Street Journal

The consequences of putting job protection ahead of learning.