In Turnaround News…
D.C. Teachers’ Contract addresses School Turnaround
An article in the Washington Post addresses the contents of the new D.C. teachers’ contract, which was ratified on Wednesday. The contract indicates that there will be performance pay, new school turnaround models, greater collaboration, and improved teacher mentoring. As they wait for Council approval, the union and D.C. Public Schools acknowledge that the challenge in moving forward will be to actually implement these changes.
In Other News…
Race to the Top – Part II
As states rushed to submit their applications for the second installment of Race to the Top funding, NY Timescolumnist David Brooks offers his commentary. He begins by questioning the role and effectiveness of government intervention and points to several examples, some successful and others less so. He draws from a speech President Obama gave, in which he stated, “Our government shouldn’t try to guarantee results, but it should guarantee a shot at opportunity for every American who’s willing to work hard.” Brooks goes on to describe how the Obama administration “has used federal power to incite reform, without dictating it from the top.” He describes the administration’s approach to education policy as “catalytic” and suggests that a similar process is needed for health, energy, and environmental policy.
Data as a Critical Ingredient to Ed Reform
- DOE picks ‘Race to the Top’ winners (politico.com)
- Waiting for Super Principals (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)