LIFO, teacher bonuses, and good edu-reading
March 29, 2011
- With all the collective bargaining hullabaloo of
late, it’s hard to imagine a more opportune time for the release of Terry Moe’s
new book, Special Interest: Teacher Unions and
America’s Public Schools. Weighing in at over 500 pages, the hefty
Brookings Institution Press volume goes in depth on the causes and consequences
of teacher unions’ power in America’s schools, as well as the long-term
sustainability (or not) of that power. Fordham’s own Checker
Finn reviewed the book here.
great teachers” is the tag line of “How layoffs hurt students,” the latest video from Michelle Rhee’s Students
organization. The two-minute video gives a brief but vivid introduction to
LIFO, then explains the inadequacies of LIFO and encourages viewers to petition
their elected officials to end it.
- The top ed policy minds and hottest ed policy
issues come together in the PIE Network’s latest publication, Schools
in High Gear: Reforms That Work When They Work Together, a compilation of
essays on topics like school performance, teacher quality, and education
funding. Among the contributors are Fordham’s own Checker Finn and Mike Petrilli, with articles on
academic standards and school choice policies, respectively.
- Are bonuses a useful tool for encouraging the best
teachers to work in “challenging schools”? The Center on
Reinventing Public Education’s latest report, What Does Washington State Get for Its Investment in Bonuses for Board
Certified Teachers? tackles the question head-on. According to the
report, Washington’s bonus system encouraged more teachers to get certified,
but few certified teachers are going to the state’s toughest schools.