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Buffalo Union Stands In Way Of Teacher Evaluations

The Buffalo teachers union leader refuses to give the go ahead for new teacher evaluations, despite parents and the community urging for an agreement. The district stands to lose federal School Improvement Grant money, which the state refuses to hand over to the New York district until it reaches an agreement with the local teachers union on new teacher evaluations.

Get the latest updates from the Buffalo News, which is hosting a live blog of the school board meeting on the teacher evaluation decision here.

CNN Headline News: Jeanne Allen on Teacher Evaluations and Teacher Misconduct

February 16, 2012

CER President Jeanne Allen discusses teacher evaluations and teacher abominations on CNN Headline News.

CER Expresses Importance of Ed Reform With PA House Leaders

CER Press Release
Washington, D.C.
November 14, 2011

Pennsylvania is poised to be the next big battleground for serious, and potentially controversial, school reforms. Next to Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, if the legislature adopts the Corbett education plan, the state will be the next big prominent player in national school reform and the leader on the East Coast.

President of The Center for Education Reform (CER) Jeanne Allen was on the ground visiting with Pennsylvania House Leadership and other House members on Monday, November 14, to express the importance of pending education reform proposals for Pennsylvania children.

“At the Center for Education Reform, we’re both watching and working in the field to ensure that sound policy advances are adopted for all children, in every state. In Pennsylvania, we’ve been actively engaged for years in developing charter schools,” said Allen. “Improvements to that original law, which have been tested over time, are now pending and we’re hopeful that the state will soon stand with others who permit universities and other independent entities to create charter schools.”

Public school reform is an important proposal to allow parents, who feel trapped in failing schools by virtue of their zip code, to access schools of their choice. While limited to children in the lowest 5% of performing school districts, SB 1 ensures that those children, who are currently forced to attend a failing school, do not have to stay there any longer. The state’s popular business tax credit program, which funds additional scholarships for middle- and low- income families, also grows.

The teacher evaluation proposal is what will hopefully be a first step in a long line of important teacher quality initiatives that follow recommendations of some of the leading education researchers in the nation.

It’s important that Pennsylvanians have context for the pending proposals:

Academic Performance: On the 2011

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