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Teacher Flexibility
Limiting teacher moves decried
The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore County sets rule to boost poor schools; Educators 'being held hostage'; District says federal law makes measure necessary

By Sara Neufeld Sun Staff


Baltimore County teachers are pushing for their school system to rescind a new rule limiting their ability to transfer to other schools within the district.

As part of contract negotiations, the teachers union is challenging a district rule, first implemented this school ...
Educators clash on conformity
Modesto Bee
Some teachers say programs stifle creativity while others say they work

Last Updated: November 16, 2004, 05:19:53 AM PST

Some teachers gave up thousands of dollars in training and others risked discipline, rather than let someone else script how they teach.

A handful of Modesto City Schools teachers were threatened with discipline for failing to submit a "pacing calendar," a timetable for covering course ma...
Teachers complain about lack of planning time
Annapolis Capital
By DIONNE WALKER, Staff Writer

Her nights and weekends a blur of job-related paperwork, Elizabeth Magiera is ready to raise the white flag.

The fourth-grade teacher at Four Seasons Elementary School in Gambrills is sick of lugging home a dozen books to plan her weekly lessons, and even sicker of missing her niece's weekend soccer games to handle extra paperwork.

Then there's the graduate degree she barely has time to pursue and the even...
Too many teachers are left behind
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Last month, I flew to the Midwest to address future history teachers at a small state university. As I warned the audience, most high school students describe history with a single adjective: boring. We make kids memorize dull facts -- names, dates and deeds -- when we should be asking them tough questions about these facts.

"We have a holiday named after George Washington, because he fought for liberty," I said, by...
Teacher's dedication to her students is another success stor...
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Editorial Board
Argus Leader

published: 9/23/2004

Hawthorne Elementary second-grade teacher Karen Lukens has been honored again, this time by the U.S. Education Department with its Star of Teaching award.

The award is given to a teacher or team of teachers in each state as part of the No Child Left Behind Act efforts.

Lukens was picked because her students made great gains on standardized tests, even though many live in poverty o...
Let teachers do their jobs
Cape Cod Times

Many people think that teachers choose their profession because of the vacations. Discussing what teachers do in their so-called time off would be another column, but one of the most compelling reasons for pursuing a teaching career is the chance to renew every year.

Students aren't the only ones arriving to school on the first day with excitement and a little trepidation. Most of us spend a good part of our summers reflecting, learning, ...
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