A new Florida bill would institute a merit-based system that ties teacher performance to student improvement, requiring half of a performance appraisal to come from improved test scores in the classroom. The other half of the evaluation would come from the school principal. Older teachers with tenure are exempt from the system. If three years go by without improvement, teachers can be subject to dismissal.
The press around Peter King's hearings into the radicalization of the Muslim community is heating up. As I wrote on Monday, the hearings make us appear out of touch with the larger, worldwide conversation around Islam. But there's something far more disturbing about these hearings possibly stoking the fires of intolerance.
As a long time writer for a blog on immigration and immigrant issues, I've built a high level of skepticism when I hear calls for greater border enforcement in terms of illegal immigration, or calls to further fund ICE (the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.) Almost any speech that comes out of Mariposa County and the state of Arizona I assume comes from unbridled xenophobia. Which is why, when I saw this series by TheDaily on the violence against and trafficking of people on the border of the United States and Mexico, I needed to question my own judgments on the issue of immigration and border protection.
There's a boom in the economy - specifically in the text sector - and with the long list of jobs listed on websites like Google and Facebook, it seems like a good time for the young, nerdy and tech-savvy.
There's a new dynamic duo in town. While the Tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina brought us the tag team of Presidents Bush and Clinton, deficit reduction brings us Mark Warner and Saxby Chambliss, who held a bipartisan meeting on the issue in Richmond, VA yesterday with a promise of one to follow in Atlanta.
Deficit reduction as a cause celebre might be a harder task for Warner and Chambliss in the way that Bush and Clinton did for their humanitarian effort. (Just ask the original deficit duo Simpson and Bowles.) But there's more to it than that.