New York Teacher Admits Prostitute Past

prostituteThey say sometimes you can’t escape your past, and for a Bronx, New York elementary school teacher, her past may have just cost her her career.

30-year-old Art Teacher Melissa Petro went on administrative duty last week after speaking out via an article published on the Huffington Post about her past life as a prostitute and a stripper.

The article in the Huffington Post was published earlier this month and criticized the website Craigslist for shutting down an adult services section. Petro went on record stating that she had used the web site to post advertisements where she would engage in trading sexual services for cash from October 2006 to January 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

Engrade Offers Free Educational Services

engrade-logoNot to be outdone by LearnBoost‘s newly integrated “freemium” service, Engrade, the free online classroom management system, is now offering a Wiki feature that will allow teachers to share lesson plans and collaborate on projects. Engrade announced the new application yesterday, in addition to new email organization options and faster interface speeds.

Engrade’s free web-based tools offer educators an integrated system that includes a messaging service, attendance book, grading books, document organization system for lesson planning, homework calendars, and the ability to created grade reports. The system can be adapted to any grade level, and is used by teachers of elementary school, high school and college professors.

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Colorado’s New Tenure Policy Upsets Teacher Unions

apple for teacherIt just got a little bit harder for teachers to keep their jobs in Colorado. A new change to the state’s legislature requires teachers to be evaluated each year, and half of their rating will be based on whether or not their students made progress during the school year.

As for the new teachers, they will have to show they’ve improved their student’s achievement for three consecutive years to earn tenure.

Colorado’s teacher unions, who have defended the previous tenure policy for several years, are up in arms about the new one, while education advocates believe it is a step in the right direction. The tenure policy will make it easier to get rid of mediocre or even incapable teachers.

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