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Judge Rules Teacher Tenure Suit Can Proceed

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Staten Island judge has found no reason to dismiss a lawsuit by parents challenging the state's teacher tenure system, but the union said it still believes the case is without merit.
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Schoolbook

Cuomo Proposes Tying School Aid to Specific Education Reforms

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WNYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants changes to the teacher evaluation and disciplinary systems, despite opposition from Democrats and the unions. But he's using school aid for leverage.
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Schoolbook

Plaintiffs Urge Judge to Let Case Against Teacher Tenure Proceed

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WNYC
An ambitious lawsuit challenging teacher tenure in New York got its first full hearing, as two groups of parents claimed job protections make it too difficult to remove bad teachers.
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Challenge to New York's Teacher Tenure Law Gets Day in Court

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WNYC
A judge will hear arguments on whether the state's teacher tenure system violates the rights of students. City and state lawyers will argue it's a political issue, not a legal one.
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Schoolbook

After a Dip More NYC Teachers Get Tenure

Friday, November 07, 2014

Nearly 60 percent of eligible city teachers received tenure this year, a slight uptick from recent years when the city made it harder for teachers to receive the extra job protections.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Getting a PhD in the Humanities Could Wreck Your Life

Monday, August 04, 2014

Grade inflation, weird professor-student relationships, the battle for tenure, and the use and abuse of adjunct professors. Is all this worth it to be a doctor of letters?

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Schoolbook

Union Claims Weak Teachers Are Shown the Door

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With teacher tenure under scrutiny, the New York City teachers union claimed more teachers leave the system because of disciplinary action than previously reported, even if few teachers are actually fired.

 

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The Takeaway

The Beginning of the End of Teacher Tenure?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California's teacher tenure and teacher dismissal laws are unconstitutional. Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of Students First, the organization that funded the challenge to California's teacher tenure laws, discusses the possible national implications of the case.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Overturning Teacher Tenure

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A California judge just threw out teacher tenure, calling it the moral equivalent of segregation. Then the Obama administration quickly embraced the ruling. Hear why.

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Schoolbook

Just Over Half of Eligible Teachers Receive Tenure

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Bloomberg administration's efforts to raise the bar for granting tenure status to teachers continued this year, with nearly half of the eligible teachers denied tenure. Many of them had the decision deferred for a year while others lost their jobs.

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Christie’s National Prominence Aided by Anonymous Money

Monday, August 06, 2012

In the two years since Governor Chris Christie got elected to office, he has never stopped campaigning. Christie’s name and image are both in constant rotation in cyberspace, over the broadcast airwaves and in print. And he insists he’s got nothing to do with the group that is taking credit for the latest TV ad blitz that is airing now.

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Schoolbook

Principal Grapples With Turnaround Aftermath

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A middle school principal is trying to keep morale high while working through the on-the-ground implications of the recent court ruling that halted the city's turnaround plans at her school and 23 others.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Senate Check-In: Teacher Tenure

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Assistant majority leader of the state senate, M. Theresa Ruiz , gives a post-holiday check-in on New Jersey's special legislative session and discusses her sponsored legislation on teacher tenure.

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Schoolbook

Dear Reformers: Teachers Are Neither Heroes Nor Zeroes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Queens English teacher writes: Dear education reformers, I humbly submit that teachers are not the Zeroes you make us out to be. Nor are we all Heroes. We rarely confront fire-breathing dragons, but we do face off against hormone-engorged adolescents. We don't pull swords from stones, but we do pull thoughtful answers from reluctant learners. And we do face off against 'poverty, hunger, discrimination, abuse, bullying and neglect. Sometimes, we even win.

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Schoolbook

Judge Orders Rehiring of Teacher

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A teacher who lost her job and exhausted her appeals process convinced a state judge that she was unfairly dismissed. The city was ordered to rehire her and to pay back wages, but it says it does not have to act yet, because it's considering an appeal.

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Some Teachers Skeptical of Merit Pay

Friday, January 13, 2012

Teachers call in to WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show in response to the mayor's State of the City address. Many of them, says the host, told WNYC that the idea of merit pay was "good in theory, wouldn't work in practice.''

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WNYC News

Mayor Vows Tough Tenure Rules

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hear Mayor Bloomberg answer reporters' questions after making a speech at NBC's Education Nation summit. 

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Schoolbook

Tough Time for Teachers and Their Union's President

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Between the economy and the national political environment, these are hard times to be a labor leader. As Michael Mulgrew enters his third year as president of the United Federation of Teachers, his 74,000 active members have been without a contract since fall 2009. And teachers are in the spotlight as never before. But Mr. Mulgrew sees the climate turning in his members' favor: 'You’re seeing people get angrier and angrier, and the issue really is the unfairness.'

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Teacher Tenure Rates

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Subject to tougher guidelines in the city, tenure for teachers is no longer a given. Beth Fertig, senior WNYC education reporter, discusses the new standards and the subsequent drop in the tenure rate from 99% to 58% in the last five years. 

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Tougher to Get Tenure - What Do the Teachers Think?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It’s not a vote of confidence for my principal and it makes me less likely to stay in a school where I’m not feeling supported by my administration to achieve tenure.

—Emily, a teacher in Brooklyn, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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