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NAEN's Potpourri of Articles for Management Specialists in Employee & Labor Relations Volume 6, Issue 40

18 Apr 2015 11:48 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)
1. New York, NY.  Thousands of NY pupils skip English tests, raising questions about teacher evaluations, Daily Journal
Andrew Cuomo and teachers' unions over how much of a teacher's annual evaluation should be based on the tests, with Cuomo suggesting that test ...
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/1987e1d830584e989cba08b8df6e0ef4/NY--Testing-Boycott/


2. Volusia County, FL.  Contract negotiations break down between teachers and School Board once again, The DeLand-Deltona Beacon
Continuing their stalemate, the Volusia Teachers Organization and the Volusia County School Board failed to come to a contract agreement April 16.
http://beacononlinenews.com/news/daily/7219


3. Virginia.  We Can't Measure Teacher Performance by Student Test Scores, Huffington Post
Imagine this scenario: You are a factory worker who has been informed that your job depends on the quality of the product you are assembling, ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronald-a-lindsay/we-cant-measure-teacher-p_b_7065296.html


4. Orlando, FL.  Gov. Scott signs bill to scale back testing in Florida public schools, Orlando Sentinel
The bill (HB 7069) was passed by the Florida Legislature ... criticized ... not going far enough ... it scraps a requirement for final exams in all courses, an edict put in place by the state's 2011 merit-pay law.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-scott-testing-bill-schools-post.html


5. Houston, TX.  Bill on teacher salaries, evaluations stirs controversy, Your Houston News
Teachers across Texas are upset about legislation that threatens to base their raises and promotions on student academic success. The Texas Senate ...
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/bill-on-teacher-salaries-evaluations-stirs-controversy/article_fddfce78-a338-53fd-a375-1c6e1364c15d.html


6. Las Cruces, NM.  Las Cruces school board backs down on teacher absence policy, Las Cruces Sun-News
Under the current evaluation rubric, dubbed NMTeach, teacher attendance makes up 10 percent of theirevaluations. That element falls under a ...
http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_27922071/las-cruces-school-board-backs-down-teacher-absence


7. Chico, CA.  Chico school board approves two-year teacher contract, Chico Enterprise-Record
After a reportedly contentious year of negotiations, Chico Unified School District has a new contract with teachers. At a meeting Wednesday ...
http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20150415/chico-school-board-approves-two-year-teacher-contract


8. Atlanta, GA.  When Schools Turn to the Police for Discipline, NY Times Ed Story
In schools that frequently use courts for discipline, black and special-needs students are disproportionately affected, and not just in the short term.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/15/us/atlanta-school-workers-sentenced-in-test-score-cheating-case.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150414&nlid=15788750&tntemail0=y&_r=0


9. New York.  New York's Complicated Teacher Evaluation Proposal Is The Exception, Not The Rule, FiveThirtyEight
While 30 states require test scores to be considered in teacher evaluations, New York stands out in just how much weight it may soon be putting on the ...
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/new-yorks-complicated-teacher-evaluation-proposal-is-the-exception-not-the-rule/


10. Lansing, MI.  Testing may matter less in Michigan teacher evaluations under proposed bill, MLive
Among the changes in the legislation is a reduction in the percentage of a teacher's evaluation based on student growth and assessment data.
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/04/new_bill_could_deemphasize_rol.html


11. Glendora, CA.  Glendora Unified, teachers make no progress in contact negotiations, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
After nearly a year of salary negotiations, the Glendora Unified School District and the teacher's union have reached an impasse as the ...
http://www.sgvtribune.com/social-affairs/20150412/glendora-unified-teachers-make-no-progress-in-contact-negotiations


12. Los Angeles, CA.  Ratliff seeking delay in health care package for 8 labor groups, LA School Report
The LA Unified board is preparing for a big spend on health care tomorrow ... vote to approve a tentative agreement with eight labor partners on a package of benefits through 2018. But Monica Ratliff ... said in a statement this morning from the district that she wants to delay passage, pending a deeper analysis ... including how Gov. Jerry Brown‘s revised state budget ... would impact LA Unified.
http://laschoolreport.com/ratliff-seeking-delay-in-health-care-package-for-8-labor-groups-lausd/#more-34317


13. Washington, DC.  Modest Gains in Faculty Pay, Inside Higher Ed
Faculty pay is up 2.2. percent, or 1.4 percent adjusted for inflation, new A.A.U.P. survey finds. Despite modest gains, association says professor pay can't be blamed for tuition ...
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/04/13/aaup-full-time-faculty-salaries-22-percent-year


14. Kittery, ME.  Kittery teachers, School Committee reach 3-year contract, Foster's Daily Democrat
The teachers' union and School Committee recently ... To negotiate a new pay scale and increases, the negotiating teams looked ...
http://www.fosters.com/article/20150412/NEWS/150419912


15. Santa Rosa, CA.  Santa Rosa teachers to work to contract amid labor dispute, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
That's because, in the midst of contentious contract negotiations, the teachers union has asked its approximately 800 members to “work to rule” — to ...
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3783221-181/santa-rosa-teachers-to-work


16. Lansing, MI.  Circuit Court ordered to hear teacher right-to-work case, Upper Michigans Source
... whether a union violated state law when it entered into a 10-year deal requiring teachers to be union members or pay a fee for collective bargaining.
http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=1189562#.VSqt3PnF-So


17. Hilo, HI.  Union files grievance over Honokaa teaching assignments, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The union representing Hawaii's public school teachers has filed a ... said she can't discuss details because of collective bargaining agreements.
http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/honokaa-high-principal-under-fire


18. Philadelphia, PA.  District takes steps to outsource substitute teacher services, Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog)
The move may bring nonunion teachers into schools next fall. ... "We are seeking a vendor that can provide high-quality substitutes at a 90 percent fill ...
http://thenotebook.org/blog/158459/district-plans-outsource-substitute-service


19. Denver, CO.  Denver teacher incentive negotiations stalled for another week, Chalkbeat Colorado
Negotiations between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom TeachersAssociation about adjustments to ProComp, the district's ...
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/04/10/denver-teacher-incentive-negotiations-stalled-for-another-week/#.VSkVM_nF-So


20. Memphis, TN.  Tennessee's teacher evaluation system improving, state report says, Chalkbeat New York
Tennessee's teacher evaluation system is more accurate than ever in measuringteacher quality, according to a report released Thursday by the state ...
http://tn.chalkbeat.org/2015/04/09/tennessees-teacher-evaluation-system-improving-state-report-says/#.VSkWUvnF-Sp




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