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The long partnership between Democrats and teachers’ unions has frayed in recent years as the Obama administration has pursued policies that many teachers oppose, including performance ratings that link student test scores to evaluations and decisions about promotion or firing. (New York Times)
New Jersey
When I wrote about various states choosing to give schools and teachers a break from accountability policies as they relate to the Common Core State Standards and aligned tests, I mentioned New Jersey, where a bill has made progress but hasn’t been signed into law. This legislation in New Jersey would prohibit using the PARCC assessment from being used to judge students, teachers, and schools accountable for at least two years while a task force studies the test. (Education Week)
New York
Forty-one New York City superintendents will have to reapply for their jobs this year under a new policy announced Tuesday by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. (Wall Street Journal)
The de Blasio administration’s warmer, fuzzier approach toward teachers apparently hasn’t reached senior staffers at the Department of Education — they’re quitting in droves, sources told The Post. (NY Post)
North Carolina
Senate Republicans are willing to drop the requirement that teachers give up tenure to get 11 percent raises this year, a major concession in budget negotiations for a chamber that’s been trying for several years to erase the job protection. (News and Observer)


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