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6,100 New York Teachers Cut, Despite Tax Revenue Increase

By Stephanie VanderVelden

New York City maintains the largest public school district in the nation. Due to an unstable economy in recent years, it is not alarming that fat must be trimmed from some city service budgets. However, the news that over 6,100 teachers will be cut from public school instruction came as a shock to teachers in New York City.

Despite an estimated increase of over $2 billion dollars in tax revenue for the next two years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has resolved to continue with teacher cuts. The immediate layoffs would leave 4,666 teachers out of a job. Another 1,500 public school teachers would be pushed out of the district over time. Losing this many teachers in New York City represents one out of every 12 teachers currently employed in the district.

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Teacher Defends Blog Insulting Students As “Freedom of Speech”

Natalie Munroe

Natalie Munroe (Image Via ABC)

Pennsylvania teacher Natalie Munroe called her student an “utter jerk,” others “out of control” and “rude, lazy, disengaged whiners.” Yet when administrators at her school suspended her for her public diatribes, which also insult school officials and other teachers, she defends her actions. “I don’t think I did anything wrong,” she said in an interview with ABC News.

“I was writing it not about anyone specific, they were caricatures of students that I’ve had over the years…it was meant tongue and cheek for myself and my friends, it was not for mass consumption…I’m sorry that it was taken out of context but I stand by what I said,” Munroe said.

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Teachers’ Colleges Upset by Plan to Grade Them

Ask any teacher in the country how they measure students’ understanding of the material they are taught, and all of them will tell you they have some sort of grading system. This rings true even if they don’t use a traditional grading method. No matter what symbols are used to communicate, students and parents are given some report of their level of comprehension of the things they are taught each day in school.

Now, some colleges that train teachers are upset, because they will be graded by the U.S. News & World Report. The report is planning to assign grades ranging from A to F to over 1,000 teaching colleges throughout the country. Several education school deans are upset about this new grading system for their programs, claiming that the rating system’s methodology used to grade the schools is flawed. There has also been a letter written from 35 prestigious education colleges and graduate schools stating that there is an implied coercion if schools don’t cooperate with the ratings. Schools were told originally that if they did not supply the requested documents, the information would be sought under open-records laws. If the information was not obtained through those means then the school would automatically receive an F rating.

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Cheating Investigation Causes Dekalb to Remove 24 Educators

The April 2009 CRCTs cheating investigation has brought to light some more changes in the education system of Atlanta. Dekalb County, which is a county in metro-area Atlanta, has removed a total of 29 educators due to concerns that they may have engaged in inappropriate conduct during the administration of the 2009 CRCT. Five of those people have either been terminated or resigned since the notifications were given to employees. Those who remain employed will be reassigned to other duties while the state investigates their certification.

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Whistle-blowing Teachers Targeted in Atlanta Test Score Scandal

More information continues to surface in the ongoing investigation concerning teachers cheating to raise students test scores in the Atlanta School District. Teachers who report instances of cheating that they witness find that they become the target of investigations, are punished for making those claims and in some cases face being fired.

The school district is being investigated for widespread cheating on the 2009 CRCT test. Many teachers have come forward to report that other teachers were cheating by changing students’ answers after they had completed the test or giving students answers while they were completing the test. Teachers are under constant pressure for their students to pass the tests and many educators have been reporting on cheating for years. Unfortunately, those who do the cheating seem to be praised and those who speak out against it are the ones at risk. When a teacher reports that they have witnessed cheating, an investigation is usually launched against the reporting teacher. There is no confidentiality when a report is filed and word spreads quickly about who made the claim and all of the details involved.

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Jobs with the Highest Depression Rates

It doesn’t matter if you’re 10, 21 or 55; it’s hard to decide what career path you want to take. Personally, I have changed my mind at least a dozen times. The only things that consistently keep me happy are my family and my writing. Speaking of being happy with your job, did you know that some careers are more likely to produce depressed workers? Although it’s true, that doesn’t mean I’m discouraging anyone from pursuing these higher-than-normal depression-causing careers. Hundreds of factors can contribute to the cause of depression, so it’s important not to choose your career based off this list. However, it’s some interesting trivia and may prove helpful for those of you who are already susceptible to the blues.

Child Care and Nursing Home Workers Almost 11 percent of the nursing home and child care workforce report having symptoms of depression. This particular field can be very rewarding, but it’s important to remember that the caregivers often do tremendous amounts of work for people that are unable- or in some cases, unwilling- to provide praise and thanks. For many people, the stress of this job piles up over the years.

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Best Technology Programs for Science Teachers

All across the country teachers and administrators are taking innovation into their classrooms and revolutionizing how they present materials to their students. Expanding far beyond text book lectures and standard testing, they are bringing technology to numerous aspects of their lesson plans. All of this evolving from the old school idea of technology being contained in school computer labs.

One of the most important subjects to embrace technology is the science classes. With curriculum in laboratories and teachers recognizing the value of interactive virtual programs to engage students, innovative programs are proving indisputably invaluable. The evolution has forever changed how teachers assign curriculum based projects, demonstrate core concepts and assess scholastic understanding and progress. And while no education program is completely perfect, many are on track with industry innovation, especially those who understand that studies have shown that students learn more effectively, easily and efficiently by learning through student experimentation and exploration.

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Dishonesty on Teacher Evaluations a Serious Issue

According to a study authored by a pair of marketing professors, students are prone to stretching the truth on teacher evaluations.

About a third of the students surveyed admitted to stretching the truth at one point, and 20% said they lied in the comments section. While some did it to make teachers they liked look good, a majority did it to punish those they didn’t like.

As a former adjunct professor, this is an issue that concerns me a lot, so I’d really like to understand what’s going on with this lying. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section and I will respond to them.

First, I’ll address the main issue: Especially for adjuncts and part-time professors, teaching evaluations are the main way we’re evaluated by our superiors. A bunch of bad evaluations means we won’t keep our jobs.

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Students Support Their Drug Dealer Teacher in New Jersey

This year, it is no under statement that teachers across America have been reprimanded for their inappropriate behavior. From teachers fired for friending students on Facebook, to past CraigsList prostitutes, it seems the notable teacher profession is becoming plagued with indecencies.

The most recent unacceptable behavior comes from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey where Governor Livingston High School students are rallying behind their 26 year-old teacher in support, despite his arrest for allegedly supplying drugs and alcohol to his students…in his apartment!

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High School Teacher Kills Himself at School

western-high-schoolThe community at Western High School in Las Vegas is shocked by the tragic news of Michael Roberts’ death. The high school science teacher shot himself in the head on Monday afternoon in the middle of campus. “At about 2:30, one single shot was heard by the staff here at Western High School,” said Lt. Ken Young, Clark County School District Police. School was not in session.

“It’s a big tragedy,” former student Christopher Thompson told KNTV. “In the middle of the day… I’m thankful that school wasn’t in session. I wouldn’t want the kids to see something like that.” Staff members dialed 911 after they heard a shot, and the body was discovered by police.

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