Lisa Gibes is 50CAN’s vice president of strategy and external relations. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:

News & analysis:
GOP Ed. Leader Reverses Course on Teacher Evaluation

The conservative wing of the GOP pushed Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education Committee, to what amounts to a major watering down of the teacher-evaluation portion of a bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week – Teacher Beat) 

Groups Oppose Teacher-Evaluation Amendments in ESEA Rewrite
Advocates are lining up their positions on amendments related to teacher evaluation that are included in a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Actthat will hit the House floor in short order. (Education Week – Teacher Beat) 

House Debates No Child Left Behind Rewrite, Makes Big Changes on Teacher Evaluation
Conservative lawmakers won a big concession today on the teacher-evaluation portion of a bill to renew the No Child Left Behind Act. Under the change, which was ultimately endorsed by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, states and school districts would not be required to craft teacher-evaluation systems based on student outcomes. (Education Week – Politics K-12) 

Senators Introduce Bill Addressing Student-Loan Interest Rates
A group of eight senators introduced the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act this afternoon that retroactively would lower interest rates for students taking out loans after July 1. (Education Week – College Bound) 

View Point:
Teacher training programs need a reboot

When the National Council on Teacher Quality released last month its report on teacher training programs, I was not shocked to read that the vast majority of colleges and universities do a poor job of preparing their students to teach. I imagine that many other people who have gone through such programs were equally unsurprised. (Washington Post)


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