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AM News: Some Big-City Mayors Split From Teachers

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Democratic mayors at odds with teachers Washington Post: The tension between the mayors and the unions is causing a fundamental realignment of two powerful forces in urban politics. ALSO: Teachers’ Union Chief Wooed by Mayor Candidates

Albany Eyeing Ways to Shield Teacher Data WSJ: A top Albany lawmaker said Friday that restrictions on public access to schoolteacher evaluations could be taken up as soon as legislators return from a two-week hiatus in mid-April.

Think NCLB Waivers Mean an End to SES? Think Again Politics K12: Earlier this month, not long Florida received its waiver, the state legislature passed a law requiring schools to set aside 15 percent of their Title I funds in 2012-13 for tutoring. (No doubt the tutoring industry was ecstatic about this.)

The Final Chapter For A Trusty Bookmobile? NPR: Those rolling reading rooms are becoming scarce — too costly and outmoded, some say. The bookmobile in one New England town just broke down, and residents are wondering if it's time to shelve it in the history section.

Teacher's Aide Booted For Refusing District Access To Personal Facebook HuffPost: A Michigan teacher's aide is fighting a legal battle with the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District for removing her from her position after refusing to give the district access to her Facebook page.

In Bullying Programs, A Call For Bystanders To Act NPR:  A growing number of anti-bullying programs have emerged in recent years, and the focus of many has shifted from stopping bullies to encouraging bystanders to act. But in an industry where anyone can peddle virtually any kind of program, initiatives vary in their quality and effectiveness.

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Schools, union far apart on salary negotiations Chicago Tribune: The first round of negotiations between the Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union went squarely to the district, which will get its way in weighing student performance more heavily in teacher evaluations.

Low-income students struggle with AP exam fee waiver cuts LAT: In December, Congress slashed funding for Advanced Placement fee waivers for low-income students, leaving them scrambling to find the cash or forgoing the exams.

Boston schools tap $26 million in US grants to increase class time, boost teacher pay, but worry what happens when money runs out Boston Globe: After gains, Hub schools seek to avert slip when funds run out Boston is using nearly $26 million in federal grants to extend the school day, boost teacher pay, and establish partnerships with nonprofit organizations, in hopes of turning around 12 persistently low-achieving public schools. 

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Re: the Washington Post story on the mayors vs. the teachers' unions: the latter are committing political suicide under the leadership of people like Ms. Lewis in Chicago. If the teachers' unions don't find some new political representation in a hurry, they're going to go the way of the Soviet Union, with everyone moving to disassociate themselves from an intransigent core membership leading a nation to an economic disaster, with no hopeful future in sight. If someone like Antonio Villaraigosa is (rightly) turning his back on the teachers' unions, they should know they have fundamental problems.

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