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State Requirements for Teacher Evaluation Policies Promoted by Race to the Top

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 16:25.

This brief describes the extent to which states required teacher evaluation policies aligned with the Race to the Top (RTT) initiative as of spring 2012. Although teacher evaluation policies appear to be rapidly evolving, documenting policy requirements in the early years of RTT implementation can help inform policymakers about the pace of policy innovation nationally. This brief examines the presence of state-level requirements for certain practices but not the actual district- or school-level implementation of such practices. Key findings, based on interviews with administrators from 49 states and the District of Columbia (12 Round 1 and 2 RTT states, 7 Round 3 RTT states, and 31 non-RTT states), include the following:

  • States, on average, reported requiring less than half of eight teacher evaluation policies aligned with RTT priorities, although the number of policies required by RTT states was higher than non-RTT states (3.7 policies for Round 1 and 2 RTT states, 3.6 for Round 3 RTT states, and 2.2 for non-RTT states).
  • States' reported teacher evaluation policies were most aligned with RTT priorities focused on using multiple measures to evaluate teacher performance (30 states); using multiple rating categories to classify teacher performance (31 states); and conducting annual evaluations (25 states).
  • States' reported teacher evaluation policies were least aligned with RTT priorities focused on using evaluation results to inform decisions regarding career advancement (1 state) and compensation (6 states for annual salary increases, and 5 states for performance-based compensation).

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Becomes 72nd President Of The U.S. Conference Of Mayors

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 April 2014 16:07.

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Mayor Kevin M. Johnson today became the 72nd President of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) at a gavel passing ceremony in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 16th. This special inauguration was scheduled because the former President of USCM, Mesa, AZ Mayor Scott Smith announced his candidacy for the office of Governor of Arizona; and local law in Mesa dictated that Mayor Smith vacate his seat as mayor for his gubernatorial run.  Mayor Johnson, who previously served as the Vice-President of USCM, will serve the balance of Mayor Smith’s presidential term, which would have ended in June 2014, in addition to a full one-year term as President of the organization until June 2015.  As President, Mayor Johnson will preside over all official meetings, develop and advocate for the bipartisan agenda adopted by the nation's mayors, appoint committee and task force chairs to serve in the leadership of the organization, as well as serve as the organization's national and global spokesperson.

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NAACP Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 April 2014 15:32.

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action. In a recent 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2 -- a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies in Michigan – is indeed constitutional. The ruling specifically prohibits students from lobbying universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions.

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White supremacist Web forum's members have killed close to 100 people

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 21 April 2014 15:35.

Nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by active users of the leading racist website, Stormfront, according to a report released today by the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. Registered Stormfront users have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most lethal hate crimes and mass killings since the web forum became the first hate site on the Internet in 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing. The report found that hate killings by Stormfront members began to accelerate rapidly in early 2009, when Barack Obama took office as the nation’s first black president.

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Salt Study Sparks Media Frenzy and Misleads Millions Who Suffer from Hypertension

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 14 April 2014 14:36.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, – Over the last week, well-meaning, educated people including physicians and nurses have approached heart surgeon Dr. Surender R. Neravetla by email, by phone and in person about a recent, well-publicized study published in the American Journal of Hypertension indicating that we no longer have to worry about consuming salt. To the contrary, the paper indicated the need to make sure we are actually getting enough salt. This study is misleading the millions of people who suffer from high blood pressure.

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North Carolina Voters Face Unnecessary Obstacles to the Polls

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 14 April 2014 13:26.

National Commission on Voting Rights Hears from Voters at North Carolina Public Hearing -- WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, March 28, 2014 at a National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) public hearing, organized by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), voters, activists, and voting rights advocates gathered at the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Rocky Mount, North Carolina to share their experiences of the voting challenges they continue to face in North Carolina. “House Bill 589 reduced the early voting period from 17 days to 10 days, eliminating the first week of early voting,” said Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Justice. “This cut in early voting will be felt most harshly by African-American voters. In both 2008 and 2012 general elections, 70 percent of African-American voters voted early, as compared to about 50 percent of white voters.”

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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:44.

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. Courtesy: Jeff Janowski/UNCW University Relations. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.Keatts, 41, was named UNCW’s new head coach late last week, but didn’t appear in Wilmington until an introductory press conference and welcome gathering was staged Tuesday afternoon at Trask Coliseum. Keatts previously served as Associate Head Coach at the University of Louisville for Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino.
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National Black Programming Consortium’s 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School addresses the nation’s high school dropout problem

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 07 April 2014 15:28.

NEW YORK (April 4, 2014) — The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC)  documentary series, 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School, which shines the spotlight on the nation’s educational crisis, has won a Peabody Award, the Pulitzer Prize of electronic media. Jacquie Jones, the executive director of NBPC, will be presented the award on May 19th at the Peabody Awards ceremony at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria.

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Death of A Man Refused Help Outside DC Fire Station Ignites National Debate

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:11.

heart health by john travis holtWASHINGTON, DC – February 27, 2014 – Medric Cecil Mills, Jr. suffered a fatal heart attack directly across the street from District of Columbia Fire Engine House 26, while five fire and EMS Department personnel inside refused to provide medical assistance. The outrageous circumstances surrounding Mills’ tragic death has not only captured attention in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but across the nation. On February 24, the D.C. Council’s Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held an oversight hearing to review and discuss Mills’ death and the policies and procedures of D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. 

 

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NAACP Commends Concluding Observations from UN Human Rights Committee

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:25.

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Issues of felony disenfranchisement, stand your ground, racial profiling, and the school to prison pipeline addressed by Human Rights Committee’s Report (Geneva) The NAACP applauds the UN Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations from the United States International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) treaty compliance review.   The report identifies issues of felony disenfranchisement, stand your ground laws, the death penalty and more.  (Full Report Here). The NAACP brought an 11-person delegation to the hearings in Geneva.

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