Contract politics cast shadow over teacher evaluation reforms

Deborah Lynch, the reform-minded CTU president, got knocked for a loop when union members roundly rejected the first tentative settlement. Forced to fight for still more, she put on a game face that left many wondering what kind of leader she would be as she prepares for a re-election bid next spring. An opposition slate has already formed and signaled that it doesn’t like her brand of unionism.

Living up to Brown v. Board

Retention, a popular strategy used by urban school districts to end social promotion, is favored by policy makers and the public despite definitive evidence that it does no good for the kids who are held back. Retained kids do not improve academically and are more likely to drop out of school.