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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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As session opens, Dayton puts focus on education

Patrick Condon, Star Tribune, January 5, 2015 Entering his final term, the governor said schools offer the best hope of bridging a harmful wealth divide. VIDEO Declaring that better learning opportunities can help erase America’s growing gap between rich and poor, Gov. Mark Dayton started his second term Monday with a vow to deliver “an […]

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A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post Answer Sheet, November 19, 2014 Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say […]

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2014 Midterm Election: What It Means for PTA & Education

Matthew L. Evans, National PTA, November 13, 2014 Co-authored by Jessica Seitz With the 2014 Midterm Elections now behind us, the impact of the results and how they will affect PTA-related policy issues must be examined. With most of the election results now in (some still pending), Republicans will now control both Houses of Congress. […]

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Could Vergara Happen Here? (Part 2)

Michael Diedrich, Education Fellow, Minnesota 2020, June 17, 2014 Yesterday, I discussed Vergara v. California in detail. Today, I’ll examine whether a similarly argued case would be successful in Minnesota. The Vergara ruling found that the California statutes for granting tenure, dismissing teachers, and using seniority in layoffs violated the state constitution and will need to be rewritten (if the ruling […]

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Hammering away at teacher tenure: Five facts about teachers, tenure and that California court decision

Mary Turck, News Day blog, June 11, 2014 – Is teacher tenure across the country at risk because of the June 10 California decision? Not yet — and not really. Here are five things you need to know about teachers, tenure and Vergara v. California. 1) Nothing is happening yet. Vergara v. California is a […]

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Could Vergara Happen Here? (Part 1)

Michael Diedrich, Education Fellow, Minnesota 2020, June 16, 2014 – With Judge Rolf Treu of California ruling that state’s teacher tenure system unconstitutional, there’s been a lot of discussion about what the case might mean in Minnesota and around the country. Today I’ll be taking a look at what exactly the California ruling has to […]

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