California principals are facing shrinking budgets and mounting responsibilities to lead teachers and keep schools running — creating competing pressures that may make the job untenable, a study has found.
Principals reported working 60 and sometimes 70 hours a week. As budget cuts thinned the ranks of support staff, they juggled roles as teachers, community liaisons, nurses, athletic directors, crisis managers and budget gurus. Read More
San Francisco Unified School District will once again lean on teachers in order to trim expenses as it faces another year of probable state budget cuts. Read More
What: A New Jersey administrative law judge ruled that a first-grade teacher who wrote that she was a “warden for future criminals” on Facebook should lose her tenured job.How: Paterson teacher Jennifer O’Brien posted her remark to 333 friends on March 28. But it was forwarded and several parents saw it. Read More
Twelve Connecticut teachers involved in a test-tampering scandal are being allowed back in the classroom after losing 20 days’ pay and agreeing to serve 25 hours of community service by tutoring students after school. State education officials determined that the cheating effort was led by Hopeville Elementary School’s principal and reading teacher. The principal is fighting dismissal, and the reading teacher resigned. Read More
WHAT: A yearlong Georgia investigation uncovered widespread cheating on student exams at 44 of 56 Atlanta public schools. Investigators charged 178 teachers and principals with cheating. So far, 82 have confessed.
HOW: Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ test papers. At one elementary school, four educators held a weekend “changing party” using a school official’s answer sheets. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District’s improved budget outlook is giving officials the opportunity to retain 110 laid-off employees, but it’s insufficient to employ 39 other certified workers who lost their jobs.Fearing the worst, the school district prepared for a $27 million deficit earlier this year by issuing 300 teachers, aides and administrators their walking papers. But the governor’s revised May budget was kinder than expected to K-12 education. Read More
In an age when taxpayers are increasingly asking for schoolteachers to be held accountable for a child’s success, the San Francisco Unified School District offers struggling teachers a chance to improve.
The program, known as peer review and assistance, began more than a decade ago. It was expanded in 2006 to include additional teacher mentors and a voluntary program for those who thought they needed it even if they received satisfactory remarks on reviews. Read More
Educators and students are continuing to rally across the Bay Area and state Friday to honor teachers and protest looming budget cuts to education.The rallies, including one Friday afternoon in San Francisco, are part of a weeklong “state of emergency” declared by the California Teachers Association, which represents about 325,000 educators, librarians, social workers, and support staff in the state’s K-12 schools. Read More
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced the winners of this year’s Teacher of the Month Award Wednesday in a ceremony at AT&T Park during a Giants game.Started in 2006, the award recognizes ten teachers, each representing a month of the school year, for their exemplary work, according to the Mayor’s Office. Read More
After passing a resolution to issue final layoff notices to more than 300 San Francisco Unified School District employees Tuesday night, all school board President Hydra Mendoza could say was a quiet "I’m sorry."
In all, Mendoza and the district’s Board of Education told 139 teachers, 13 administrators, 120 aides and 34 civil service employees their services would no longer be needed in the 2011-12 school year. Read More