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Stand for Children: Recognize teachers based on performance, not just seniority

Yesterday, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin transmitted to the state legislature An Act to Promote Excellence in Public Schools. The proposed initiative, if passed, would make necessary changes to state law to ensure every public school in Massachusetts gives effectiveness a more prominent role than seniority in decisions regarding teacher assignments and layoffs. This very concept not only…

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Andover Teacher Can Has Writes Good

“Andover teachers are not paid well because of the evil multinational corporations that control 25% of the world’s wealth while only making up 5% of it and this is because we blamed the public sector for far too long and tax cuts and this is what an abusive relationship is like and rich people have too much money because of…

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Hack of the Day: Donna Byrne

Massachusetts has teacher certification rules, right?  You especially need to be qualified to teach students with special needs right?  Apparently not if you are politically connected, qualifications be damned.  You are getting that job. The Sunday Worcester Telegram & Gazette is reporting that a politically connected former assistant to the School Department Superintendent has scored a $75K job teaching special…

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The Problem with Education in Massachusetts

( – promoted by Cool Cal) I have been through a broad range of experiences with education. I am a product of the New York State school system: parochial school through Grade 6, then public high school, then private college for my Bachelor’s. In Massachusetts, I continued with a state school for one Masters and a private school for the…

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Poor Starving Teachers: UMass – Amherst Salaries

560 Employees of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst were paid over $100,000 in 2008.  This number does not include the other campuses.  139 employees made more than Governor Deval Patrick’s salary of $140,535.00. Associate Dean Natural Res & Environ Derek R Lovley made $458,263.00 or $220.32 per hour.  This is actually down from $591,763.00 in 2007. http://www.masslive.com/databa… Other Noteables:…

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