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2012 State of the State Addresses: Governors' Top Education Issues PDF - This analysis highlights the education issues prioritized by governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C. in their 2012 state of the state addresses. The state leaders explained that increasing the quality and availability of education, from preschool through postsecondary, was essential to recovering from the recession, spurring economic growth, remaining competitive, and to the health and well-being of each state's citizens. Top issues include Finance (K-12 & Postsecondary), Teaching Quality, Postsecondary Affordability/Access, School Choice, Workforce Development, Early Learning (P-3), and Reading and Literacy....

State Teacher Tenure/Continuing Contract Laws PDF - States address the issue of teacher dismissal in various ways. Some have eliminated the term tenure (i.e., Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Florida); some have repealed tenure and tightened the due process timelines (i.e., Oklahoma); others have retained tenure provisions but streamlined the due process provisions (i.e., Michigan, Connecticut); and one state (Wisconsin) has stipulated the collective bargaining process as the means of determining tenure policies at the local school district level. (Dinah Frey, Education Commission of the States, October 2010)...

Teacher Tenure/Continuing Contract Laws: Updated for 2007 MS Word PDF - Multistate compilations of teacher tenure/continuing contract provisions. (Education Commission of the States, August 2007)...

Tenure: K-12 Trends and Possibilities MS Word - Definitions and explanations of teacher tenure trends and possibilities. (Education Commission of the States, October 1998)...

Teacher Tenure/Continuing Contract Laws: Updated for 1997 MS Word - Multistate compilations. (Education Commission of the States, September 1997)...

2010 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: Blueprint for Change - As a companion to last year's comprehensive state-by-state analysis, the 2010 edition provides each state with an individualized Blueprint for Change. Key policy areas such as teacher preparation, evaluation, tenure, dismissal and alternative certification are included in the blueprint. A reader has the option of selecting a state and downloading the individualized report and viewing the overall results for the nation. (National Council on Teacher Quality, 2010)...

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