The Role of Courts in Shaping Educational Policy

Last week a California appeals court reversed the initial ruling in the prominent Vergara v. California case, finding teacher job protection laws do not violate California’s equal protection clause. The three appeals judges unanimously agreed that while certain statutes such as teacher tenure and district dismissal policies may protect ineffective teachers, the plaintiffs failed to show …

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Researchers Revisit TNTP’s “Widget Effect”, Teacher Evaluations

Researchers Matthew A. Kraft and Allison F. Gilmour recently released a working paper which examined if new teacher evaluation systems have made any progress differentiating amongst teacher quality. In short, they find many states now do a better job distinguishing great teachers from good teachers, but states continue to struggle between differentiating good, average, and …

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Should Teacher Union Fees be Mandatory?

  Photo Courtesy of David Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA). The case is examining whether public employee unions are authorized to collect fees from non-members for collective bargaining purposes. The case is contesting a 1977 Supreme Court ruling that legislated public employees can …

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