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Afternoon announcements: Teachers should not be “part of some collective trade union bargaining process”

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November 28, 2012 08:15 pm

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There’s some good news in the education world today. The biennial report card on American youth is out from The Josephson Institute of Ethics, and it finds that cheating, lying and stealing among high school student is on the decline – for the first time in a decade! Huffington Post

Who’s in charge of Detroit’s public schools? Teachers, parents and the like seem to be confused over the answer to this question. The confusion stems from the repeal of Public Act 4, a law that allowed the state to appoint its own leaders to run school districts. Huffington Post

It seems Education Secretary Arne Duncan is finalizing his second-term education agenda, and teacher quality if as at the top of his priority list. In a recent speech at the Foundation for Excellence in Education forum in DC, Duncan said we, as a country, need to work on teacher preparation. Politics K-12

Speaking of the Foundation for Excellence in Education – Jeb Bush’s foundation, Bush railed against teachers unions in his remarks. “We need to have a teacher evaluation system that is based on teachers being professionals, not part of some collective trade union bargaining process,” he said. Washington Times

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