Topic: Professional Development

State Senate Education Committee Hears Supportive Testimony on Regional Service Centers

Supportive Testimony on Regional Service Centers:  Last year the Texas legislature targeted regional education service centers for significant cuts in state funding. The Senate Education Committee in particular questioned the value of services provided by the 20 regional centers, even though the centers are relied on by many districts--especially smaller rural districts--for training and other specialized resources they cannot afford...

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Sizing Up a Proposed Federal Teacher-Prep Initiative

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education out today calls for greater accountability on the part of teacher-preparation programs and for grant programs targeted to increase diversity within the teaching corps and to aid states in establishing rigorous certification systems. The American Federation of Teachers said today that the feds are right to make improvements in teacher preparation...

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National AFT Leader, in Austin on Back-to-School Tour, Spotlights Teachers and Bus Drivers “Making A Difference Every Day”

AFT Executive Vice President Lorretta Johnson was in Austin on September 7, where she visited with drivers at a school bus barn and toured an elementary school where an innovative partnership involving teachers, administrators, and the business community supports the efforts of successful educators who are helping to raise student academic achievement. Johnson's visit to Austin was part of the...

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