Teacher Professional Development: Not producing better education

At first blush, it doesn’t seem to make sense. Shouldn’t giving teachers more on the job training, called “Professional Development” (PD) in education circles, create better education programs? Apparently, a new federally sponsored student concludes the answer is: NO, at least for seventh grade mathematics teachers. The study was conducted by the American Institutes for…

Jefferson County teachers taking taxpayers to the cleaners?

Across the state, newspapers and newscasts are alive with stories of school districts having to cut back on staff. However, in teachers-union-dominated Jefferson County, the teachers are taking cash-strapped taxpayers to the cleaners. The Courier-Journal reports that Jefferson County Public Schools teachers will get a 2.5 percent pay raise this coming school year. That’s really…