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Why Performance Incentives and Public Schools Don’t Mix

By Peter Greene Teacher and writer; blogger, curmudgucation blogspot.com We have always paid public servants a flat fee, untethered to any sort of “performance measures.” That’s because we want public service to be completely disconnected from any private interests. Fighting Fire With Money Imagine if, for instance, we paid fire fighters on sliding scale, based on how many of which type fires they put out at a certain speed. This would be disastrous for many reasons. Fire fighters would refuse to work in cities where there were few fires to fight,

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An Honest Thank-You Letter to All Teachers

by Lexi Harrick Writer, Marketing Co-op, and College Student. Dear Teachers, Many of the articles that I read about teachers, are often written by teachers. I want to clarify that I am by no means an educator, nor am I a student pursuing a degree in education. I am student, and one that has had the incredible fortune of being provided with educators who deserve this letter of gratitude. I want to write this to all of the teachers who understand the grave importance of their occupation, and who do

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One Excellent Outcome from the Common Core

By Vicki Cobb President and founder of iNK Think Tank, LLC /children’s nonfiction author The protests over the Common Core Standards have been more about the destructive effects of testing to assess how we’re meeting the Standards than about the actual Standards themselves. If you read them, you see that they benignly describe the behavior of literate people who can internalize ideas through listening and reading and express themselves clearly in both speaking and writing. The people who wrote the Standards believed that schools were not graduating sufficient numbers of students who could exhibit such behaviors. So the Standards were supposed to be a game-changer, compelling educators to reexamine traditional instruction and improve it. This is not a bad thing. Unfortunately, before that could be done in a thoughtful manner,

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US DOE Reminds Bullying Cannot be Tolerated

SOURCE: U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights 10/21/14 As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated – including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities. The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring. Today’s guidance builds upon

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NEA-NH Announces Recommended House Candidates

NEA New Hampshire recommended candidates are pro-education, pro-educator, pro-student, and believe as we do that every child in NH deserves a great public school, and caring qualified educators. Please support them this November 4. When you vote, don’t go alone. Bring your family and friends and neighbors. Contact former students, be a mobilizing force in your neighborhood and get people to the polls.       Belknap 01 Ruth Gulick Belknap 02 Lisa DiMartino, Sandra Mucci, Nancy Frost, Dorothy Piquado Belknap 03 David Huot, Maureen Baxley, Thomas Dawson, Kate Miller Belknap 04 Jane Alden, Ian Raymond Belknap 05 Deborah Chase, Hammond Brown Belknap 06 George Condodemetraky, Ronald Cormier Belknap 07 Bruce Marriott Belknap 08 – Floterial District Peter Bolster Belknap 09 – Floterial District Beth Arsenault Carroll 01 Erik Corbett

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The Unbearable Cost of Not Voting

By Scott McGilvray NEA New Hampshire President This fall, Americans across the country will elect 36 governors, 6,048 state legislators, 31 state attorneys general, and 468 members of the U.S. Congress. Early and absentee voting has already started in several states; many states will commence early and absentee voting this week. As educators, we are keenly aware that we are electing our bosses – officials who influence what happens in our schools and classrooms. Midterm elections are very important for education voters, but far too many of us sit them out, waiting instead to vote in Presidential elections, or in local contests regarding our contracts. Because it’s not a presidential election year, many of our members may choose to stay home on November 4. Nothing could be more dangerous and

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Does Anybody Hear Me, Will Anybody Listen?

A Second Grade Teacher’s Story from a Manchester Elementary School By: Kelley Tambouris (Shared from her Facebook Post) Twenty-two years ago I began my teaching career. I have been a Special Educator, a Second Grade Teacher, a Third Grade Teacher, a Writing Teacher, a Literacy Coach, and now I am back in the classroom, again, as a Second Grade Teacher. Why did I become a teacher? I have a deep love of children and just knew my calling was to make a difference in their lives. As a teacher of 22 beautifully special and unique children, it is my responsibility to do what is best for them each and every day. I can stay quiet no longer. Here is our story: Today was the 28th day of school and I have

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What Matters More Than Test Scores

Diane Ravitch Research Professor of Education, New York University; Author, ‘Reign of Error’ As a nation, we worry far too much about PISA scores, which rank and rate students according to standardized tests. Many nations have higher average scores than we do, yet we are the most powerful nation on earth — economically, technologically, and militarily. What do the PISA scores mean? In his new book, Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Dragon? Why China Has the Best (and the Worst) Education in the World, Yong Zhao says that the East Asian nations have the top scores because they do heavy-duty test prep. One thing is clear: the PISA scores do not predict the future of our economy. They never have. Our students have never had high scores on international

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