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Bill Ferriter

April 11, 2007

Saying goodbye to Maria

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It's been a difficult day for me because I just learned that yet another remarkable colleague is leaving education. Maria is young and motivated--having served as a cooperating teacher and accepting positions on school level leadership teams--yet she's been dissatisfied for a while now. "I'm 28," she told me, "and I'm afraid I'm going to get locked into the classroom if I don't make a change now."

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Renee Moore

April 11, 2007

High needs schools need high quality teachers

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Over the past year, I've had the privilege of working with an incredible national team of accomplished teachers on a first-of-its-kind report, released today, titled "Performance-Pay for Teachers: Designing a System that Students Deserve." The members of our TeacherSolutions team have taught every kind of student, in every kind of school. We are not beholden to any organization or association—our goal has been to bring the unique insights of successful teachers to one of the nation's most contentious education policy debates.

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Renee Moore

March 9, 2007

Value added or multiplied?

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Soon, our first TeacherSolutions group here at TLN will release a report on our study of performance pay for teachers. We looked at the history of this issue, the many failures along the way, the objections, the rationales, and most important, the benefits (if any) for students and teachers. One reason the performance- or merit-pay issue has been revived recently is the proliferation of standardized testing in K-12.

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