March 16th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Championing education reform

Change comes in all colors, even blue.  Full profile of Blue School this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on CNN.

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March 16th, 2012
04:05 PM ET

Former NBA baller opens charter school

Jalen Rose, who played in the NBA for 13 years, on opening the "Jalen Rose Leadership Academy" charter school in Detroit.

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March 16th, 2012
11:32 AM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today: Dallas ISD Cutting Contracts Of 250+ Teachers
Dallas Independent School District did not renew contracts for more than 250 of its teachers. The district says it is now evaluating teacher effectiveness and removing underperforming educators, but the president of the local teacher association says the district may just be trying to address its budget issues. Louisiana House panel clears school charter, voucher bill as teachers pack Capitol
In a rare appearance before a legislative committee on Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made his case for education reforms that include increased school choice, tying teacher pay and retention to student performance, and reorganizing the state's pre-K programs. Several districts canceled classes this week to allow teachers to travel to the Capitol to express their views.

Obama Foodorama: After Firestorm Of 'Pink Slime' Criticism, USDA Alters School Lunch Policy For Ground Beef
The meat industry calls it "Lean Finely Textured Beef Product" and critics call it "pink slime." After a large outcry through an online petition, questions from federal lawmakers, and feedback from school districts, the U.S Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday that it will provide schools the option to order beef products with or without the controversial product. Indiana's education schools make new efforts to better teach teachers
Next year, Indiana and other states will begin assigning letter grades to teacher-preparation programs that are based on the evaluations of teachers-in-training, which in turn will be based on student performance on standardized tests.

The Washington Post: The 10 most read Irish authors
An online research tool for students reveals this list of most-read Irish novelists, poets and playwrights.

Survey: Teacher job satisfaction takes a dive
March 16th, 2012
06:06 AM ET

Survey: Teacher job satisfaction takes a dive

by Carl Azuz, CNN

(CNN) – A recently released survey indicates budgets aren’t the only thing on the downslide in the nation’s schools. According to the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, educators’ satisfaction with their jobs is plummeting.

Back in 1986, about 33 percent of the teachers surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs in public schools. That marked a low point in the history of the survey. The number jumped to 40 percent a year later, and with some fluctuation, teacher satisfaction climbed to a high of 62 percent by 2008.

But like the economy itself, which has been a drag on schools since the recession hit, teacher satisfaction began to sputter in 2008. It had dropped three points to 59 percent by 2009. And the real freefall took place over the following two years, landing at 44 percent satisfaction by late 2011, when the most recent survey was taken.

Not surprisingly, as satisfaction decreased, desire to leave the profession increased. In 2009, 17 percent of teachers surveyed said they were likely to leave the profession in search of another career; in 2011, it was 29 percent.

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