Monthly Archives: April 2013

Not So Simple Economics…or Maybe It Is!!!

According to Teacher Retirement System (TRS) there were 1,003,655 active public school or higher education employees and 331,747 TRS Retirees that receive benefits. With a 2012 statewide population, the means that 5.06% of all the people in the “Great State … Continue reading

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“Good” Schools Seminar: Gleanings from a Class

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
For at least a decade I have taught a seminar for graduate students at Stanford called  “‘Good’ Schools: Policy, Research, and Practice.” The masters and doctoral students who take…

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STAAR writing test a big step backward

Melissa has accurately described the contradiction that testing has become in the State of Texas. STAAR writing test a big step backward.

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Framing the School Technology Dream

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
I wrote the following commentary for Education Week. It appeared on April 17, 2013. The printed ads appear in a slideshow. See below. For more than a century, educational…

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I Almost Got a Pay Raise This Year- The Follow-up

After publishing “I Almost Got a Raise This Year” it received lots attention. It got me to thinking “what would a direct compairison between salary raises and insurance rate changes look like”. So I put the numbers in to a … Continue reading

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I Almost Got a Pay Raise This Year!!!

Beginning September 1, 2002 employees in school districts with fewer than 500 employees were eligible to participate in the new state wide health insurance program. The program would be operated through Teacher Retirement System (TRS). The state established a monthly … Continue reading

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Age 62 Required to Retire????

In most industries across the United States when a person has completed 30 years of service then they are entitle to “FULL” retirement benefits. Not a educator in the State of Texas if current proposals pass. Currently there are bills … Continue reading

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Principals as Instructional Leaders: Rhetoric and Reality (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Past and current research on principals reveal that school-site leaders perform managerial, instructional, and political roles in and out of their schools. Of these multiple (and often conflicting) roles,…

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Day in the Life of a Principal (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Jessica Johnson is Principal of Dodgeland Elementary School in Wisconsin. This day-in-the-life appeared on her blog April 26, 2009. I am guilty of having thought as a teacher and…

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