Where All the Teachers Are Above Average

By Marc F. Bernstein, The Wall Street Journal

New York recently released evaluations that rank 95% of the state’s teachers as “highly effective” or “effective,” 4% as “developing,” and only 1% as “ineffective” for the 2012-13 school year.

Judge rejects challenge to teacher evaluations

The Florida Times-Union

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled that “despite serious flaws identified by the plaintiffs with the system, the Legislature could rationally conclude that such evaluations further the state’s legitimate purpose.’’ So he would not declare it unconstitutional “even if it seems unwise or if the rationale for it seems tenuous.”

Gates Foundation Threatens to Pull $40M Grant from Pittsburgh Schools

By Rick Cohen, Nonprofit Quarterly

Money talks. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has plenty of money to promote what it thinks and says is important. A $40 million grant by the Gates Foundation to the Pittsburgh Public Schools is in jeopardy because the foundation is upset with the lack of an agreement between the school district and the teachers’ union over a core element of the grant.

The teachers union’s cynical gambit

By Tim Daly and Joe Williams, New York Daily News

Lately, student testing has become everyone’s favorite political punching bag. Just this week, New York State United Teachers, the state’s powerful teachers union, issued a statement decrying the proliferation of new tests and insisting on a moratorium for their use in teacher evaluations.