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New York Times: In Tennessee, following the rules for evaluations off a cliff

TEA members Emily Mitchell, Michelle Pheneger, Jeff Jennings and Erin Alvarado are featured in this article from the New York Times. TEA headquarters staff and UniServ District 12 coordinator Susan Young worked with New York Times reporter Mike Winerip to coordinate many of the interviews in this article.


Education Week: Tennessee teacher-evaluation rush may jinx other states' efforts

Teacher-Evaluation Rush May Jinx Other States' Efforts

Education officials in Tennessee are taking flak from teachers and unions for rushing the implementation of a new teacher-evaluation system that will eventually undergird tenure decisions—a move, some worry, that could undermine redesigns of evaluation in other states.

Teacher evaluations slow Race to the Top

Editorial by Ted Rayburn, Tennessean Opinion Page Editor
The Tennessean, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

Can it be that the fast-moving Race to the Top is getting its first gut check?

Since the drive for federal funds to improve public education in Tennessee kicked into gear about 21 months ago, the developments have been dizzying:

A special, two-week session of the General Assembly commits to a package of aggressive reforms.