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Minnesota lawmakers aim to revamp seniority rules on teacher layoffs

Ricardo Lopez, Star Tribune, Updated: February 21, 2015 Editorial remarks: We do not believe this statement is accurate: “Between 2008 and 2013, nearly 2,200 Minnesota teachers were laid off under the so-called “last in, first out” provision in state law, according to a recent analysis by the Minnesota Department of Education.” This number includes probationary teachers who, by statute, are […]

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TDE/ATPPS Work Group Recommendations

TDE/ATPPS Work Group: Letter to the Legislature Teacher Development and Evaluation/Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System (TDE/ATPPS) Alignment Work Group’s recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature Purpose: “To better align Minnesota’s alternative teacher professional pay system under Minnesota Statutes, sections 122A.413 to 122A.416, and Minnesota’s teacher development and evaluation program under Minnesota Statutes, sections 122A.40, Subdivision 8, and […]

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LIFO isn’t the culprit in poor student achievement

Lee Carlson, MinnPost, January 26, 2015 The only way I stay in the system is to do my job. Tenure does not create a permanent barrier around a veteran teacher. I began teaching in 1988. Over the next decade my career changes were connected to RIF. RIF means Reduction in Force and it is what […]

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Minnesota Legislature: GOP, DFLers reveal top bills

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, January 8, 2013 Minnesota House Republicans and Senate Democrats released an assortment of legislative ideas Thursday that have potential for both conflict and compromise. House Republicans, in their newly won majority, have proposed five bills to start the legislative session. They include cutting business taxes; making teacher evaluations part of decisions […]

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Moving Teacher Preparation into the Future

Mark Dynarski, Brookings Institute, December 4, 2014 New teachers are essential to K-12 education. They allow the system to grow as the number of students grows, and they replace teachers retiring or taking other jobs. In light of the size of the K-12 sector, it’s not surprising that preparing new teachers is big business. Currently […]

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Legislators wisely listen to state Teacher of the Year winners

Joe Nathan, HometownSource.com, October 29, 2014 “These teachers have dedicated their lives to serving students and been recognized for outstanding work. As we examine how to improve public policy, it’s important to hear from some of the best of the best. We need to learn from their success.” That’s how state Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, […]

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Young teachers need mentoring to thrive, survive

Tim Post, MPR News, October 29, 2014 Listen In: Audio Story As Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, Tom Rademacher recently has appeared before a lot of groups around the state. At many of those stops he is approached by young teachers. After only a few months on the job, they already are at their breaking […]

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Brynaert used softer style to help reform school testing: Mankato legislator retiring after eight years in House

Dan Linehan, Mankato Free Press, October 4, 2014 When Kathy Brynaert joined the Minnesota House, in 2007, she experienced something of a culture shock. Accustomed to working on a seven-member school board that largely collaborated, Brynaert found herself among 134 representatives trying to sort out a recent power transition. Democrats had taken control of the […]

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Never Diet Without a Bathroom Scale and Mirror: The Case for Combining Teacher Evaluation and the Common Core

Thomas J. Kane, Brookings Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brown Center Chalkboard, September 11, 2014 Given the nature of the job, school superintendents are master jugglers.  Even so, implementing new teacher evaluation systems has been a massive challenge for many of them, because of the demands such a system places on principals, the strain it […]

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Breathing Room for Teacher Evaluation – Will ED Extend Approach to Teacher Prep?

Sharon P. Robinson, CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), September 2, 2014 Recently U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement responding to widespread concerns about standardized testing—saying that “testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools” and offering to delay by a year the […]

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