Race to the Top: Another $4.35 Billion Spent Poorly?

(AEI) Either Duncan will have to admit he handed out 4 billion borrowed bucks on the basis of unenforceable paper plans, or he’ll have to start trying to strong-arm states by holding new governors and state education chiefs to the commitments of their predecessors–and clawing back dollars from states that don’t comply. Neither of those scenarios is too appealing.

D.C. teachers pressed to perform

(NCAP) With a new union contract under her arm Chancellor Michelle Rhee, of the the District of Columbia, has fired 241 under-performing teachers. Recent teachers’ union negotiations have given teachers their own report cards, with large raises and the boot on either ends of the scale.

Invisible Ink In Teacher Contracts

Across the country, many cash-strapped districts fretting over likely layoffs are eyeing seniority rules as they hammer out new contracts. To the surprise of some district superintendents, contract negotiations are not likely to offer much relief. In fact, when it comes to seniority rules, and many other core aspects of teachers’ employment, the contract is not the problem. State law is.