teachers http://wwno.org en Bill To Boost Teacher Retirement Age Nearing Final Passage http://wwno.org/post/bill-boost-teacher-retirement-age-nearing-final-passage <p>Public school teachers and most new state employees would have to wait longer to retire, under a proposal that received the unanimous backing of the state Senate Wednesday.<br /><br />Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System can retire at age 60 with 5 years of service.<br /> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:10:08 +0000 Associated Press 60299 at http://wwno.org Kumbayah Moment: Teacher Termination Compromise http://wwno.org/post/kumbayah-moment-teacher-termination-compromise-0 <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/holding-hands.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/04/Capitol_Access_042814.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Although they didn’t actually “hold hands and sing <em>Kumbayah</em>”, there was a brief moment of peace and accord between the Jindal administration and teachers unions last week. After more than two years of name-calling, angst and lawsuits, they found common ground around a bill to modify the process for terminating tenured teachers who receive “ineffective” ratings.<p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 59520 at http://wwno.org Shreveport principal supports 'medical model' training for teachers http://wwno.org/post/shreveport-principal-supports-medical-model-training-teachers A Shreveport elementary school principal was invited to Capitol Hill earlier this month to attend a brainstorming Congressional forum and give closing remarks. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 57128 at http://wwno.org New Orleans Teachers Contacting Union For Back Pay After Appellate Court Ruling http://wwno.org/post/new-orleans-teachers-contacting-union-back-pay-after-appellate-court-ruling <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A union that represents 7,000 New Orleans teachers fired after Hurricane Katrina is expecting a flurry of phone calls. Word is quickly spreading of the state appeals court ruling awarding them back pay for wrongful termination.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 52270 at http://wwno.org Judge Revisiting Challenge Of Teacher Tenure Law http://wwno.org/post/judge-revisiting-challenge-teacher-tenure-law <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:54:43 +0000 The Associated Press 50518 at http://wwno.org Recalibrating Teacher Evaluations Tops New Union President's To-Do List http://wwno.org/post/recalibrating-teacher-evaluations-tops-new-union-presidents-do-list <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/080113_DebbieMeauxTeacherEvaluations_AJ2-way.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Many teachers are frustrated with the new evaluation system, <a href="http://www.louisianabelieves.com/teaching/compass" target="_blank">Compass</a>, which was introduced in public schools across the state this year.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/3717524246_f10c038a00_o.jpg" alt="" /><p>"What we want is a more common-sense approach to this evaluation problem," said Debbie Meaux, new president of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE), who assumed the role July 15.<p>She's calling for the state to slow the timeline for the implementation of Compass. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 40839 at http://wwno.org Teach For America Gets $3 Million Grant From Walton Family Foundation http://wwno.org/post/teach-america-gets-3-million-grant-walton-family-foundation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Walton Family Foundation</a> is announcing today that it’s sending $3 million dollars to <a href="http://www.teachforamerica.org/where-we-work/greater-new-orleans-louisiana-delta" target="_blank">Teach for America’s New Orleans region</a>. The grant is part of $20 million being sent to schools in low-income areas across the country.</span></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 40696 at http://wwno.org Student Test Scores Used to Measure Teacher Training http://wwno.org/post/student-test-scores-used-measure-teacher-training <div _ref="content" class="contents" style=""><div id="SafeStyles1367427969"><p style="margin:0;padding:0;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Eve Troeh 34419 at http://wwno.org Rate of Louisiana Teachers Retiring Spikes http://wwno.org/post/rate-louisiana-teachers-retiring-spikes <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The number of teachers retiring jumped more than 25 percent as the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed an overhaul of public education that changes the rules on how teachers are evaluated. That's according to the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 27074 at http://wwno.org BESE to Look at Changes for Evaluating Teachers http://wwno.org/post/bese-look-changes-evaluating-teachers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Louisiana's top school board is about to consider several changes in the state's new method for evaluating public school teachers. One of the changes includes making it easier for new teachers to land job security.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:20:07 +0000 The Associated Press 27076 at http://wwno.org