19

Dec

Teachers finally have some good news. It has been reported that the U.S. Senate last week voted 76 to 16 to pass a “tax extenders” package. The reports say that the package preserves the $250 federal tax deduction for out-of-pocket expenses paid by K-12 teachers and school staff for books, supplies, computer equipment and other classroom materials.

17

Dec

It is the turn of teachers to be graded and as the spot light has turned on the teacher quality and teacher preparation recently, it has been reported that New York’s teachers have got a B grade. The Empire State got a “B” in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook for its efforts to align teacher preparation and licensing with the skills needed to prepare students for college and careers.

17

Dec

American Association of College for Teachers Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program consists of doctoral students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds pursuing careers in education at AACTE member institutions. The AACTE Holmes Scholars will get an opportunity to be featured in a variety of sessions at the 67th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, February 27-March 1.

16

Dec

Recently there have been a lot of initiatives to improve the teacher quality and the teacher preparation and there has been a spate of comments from irked educators over some of the proposed rules. It has been reported that the U.S. Department of Education plan to use student test scores to rate colleges and universities for their teacher training is drawing fire from some Indiana educators.

16

Dec

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the University of Oregon have now ended a eight day strike and have reached a contract agreement last week. One of the key issues in the strike was paid sick leave. The agreement includes a fund that will reimburse graduate students who have to take time off due to illness, injury or childbirth.

12

Dec

With new rules announced by the government over teacher preparation, it seems there has been a renewed interest everywhere. It was reported that at its meeting this week, the Los Angeles Unified board directed Superintendent Ramon Cortines to expand the teacher prep Career Ladder program, which helps supports district employees who want to become teachers.