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February 22, 2011
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2010 was a busy and productive year for ICW. We continued to grow our Business LEADs Network; convened a high-level panel of experts to discuss the midterm election results and their impact on education and workforce policy; published numerous reports on the importance of business supporting a range of issues, from early childhood education to extended learning time opportunities; and brought the documentary film Waiting for “Superman” to business audiences in a nationwide 12-city tour; among many other efforts.

Teacher Tenure: Low Bar for Granting –- High Bar for Taking Away

March 2, 2011

As the National Council on Teacher Quality writes, “Neither teachers’ unions nor state legislatures look upon tenure as an honor conferred upon a teacher who is found by some measure to be effective. In their view, tenure at the PK-12 level is a right that should be conferred to all employed teachers with a few years of satisfactory teaching experience.”

Teacher Evaluations: The Role of State Laws and Collective Bargaining

March 2, 2011

Teachers in U.S. classrooms are regularly evaluated, both when the teacher is probationary and when the teacher has been granted tenure. The terms of these evaluations, which are dictated by collective bargaining agreements, are based on process; they are not linked to teacher compensation and are almost never tied to student achievement.

The Role and Impact of Collective Bargaining

March 2, 2011

Collective bargaining refers to the regular, district-level negotiations of teacher representatives (labor) and district representatives (management) regarding salary, working conditions, and terms of employment. The result is a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), commonly called a union contract that covers all teachers, whether or not they are union members.

ARRA by the Numbers

December 17, 2010
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President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), on February 17, 2009. Since that time, nearly $100 billion has been awarded to States and other grantees to support education related activities. The charts below provide a glimpse into where funds under ARRA have been going, how they are being used, and the overall reach of these funds across the nation.