Announcing The 74

I am excited to announce the launch of a project I've been working on for some time now. As profiled in The Wall Street Journal today, The Seventy Four, a non-profit, non-partisan news site about education, is now a reality. There are 74 million ... Continue Reading

Grant Wiggins: Teacher Effectiveness Ratings – Part 1

In the following two posts, I ask teachers and administrators – especially in New York – to ponder this look at Teacher Effectiveness Ratings with an open mind. I think you will find the evidence and argument thought-provoking – worthy of further ... Continue Reading

[VIDEO] With All Due Respect (3/09/15)

Bloomberg TV Campbell Brown and John Heilemann are joined by former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis on "With All Due Respect" on Bloomberg Television. Full Video Here ... Continue Reading

RealClear Radio Hour Podcast: The Future of Education — Teacher Tenure Reform

Reshma Singh, Executive Director of the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ), tells how century-old tenure laws give ironclad job security to teachers, regardless of performance, at the cost of children's education and rights. Many teachers and ... Continue Reading

Teacher Keeps Job Despite ‘Unsatisfactory’ Rating 6 Years in a Row

By Susan Edelman and Amber Jamieson New York Post "Six strikes and she’s not out. The city Department of Education has failed to fire a teacher rated “unsatisfactory” for six consecutive years. Ann Legra, 44, a first-grade teacher at PS 173 in ... Continue Reading

Brown: Cuomo’s Gutsy Call for New York Education Changes Deserve Support

NY Daily News "Gov. Cuomo's gutsy call for dramatic changes in New York education deserves support and praise from every political corner, because he’s right: The reforms he wants would help so many students who have waited for so long. Of all ... Continue Reading

TNTP Blog: New York’s Tenure Laws Go to Court

By Layla Avila TNTP "Earlier this week, oral arguments opened in Wright v. New York, a lawsuit challenging New York statutes that make it nearly impossible to replace teachers who are not up to the job. This first motion will determine whether or ... Continue Reading

Judge Hears Arguments In Motion To Dismiss NY Teacher Tenure Lawsuits

CBS New York "NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A judge on Staten Island heard arguments Wednesday on two lawsuits challenging New York’s teacher tenure rules. The plaintiffs in the lawsuits argue that job protections for teachers deprive some ... Continue Reading

Plaintiffs Urge Judge to Let Case Against Teacher Tenure Proceed

By Beth Fertig WNYC "Lawyers representing the state, New York City, teachers and principals all urged a Staten Island judge on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure. The suit was brought by two groups of parents who claim ... Continue Reading

How Campbell Brown Became a Hate Figure

By Jonathan Chait NY Magazine - The Intelligencer "You should read Vanessa Grigoriadis’s fascinating profile of Campbell Brown, the former television journalist turned school reformer (and, incidentally, Jew). Brown is the current major ... Continue Reading