Report: California earns ‘C’ grade in teacher pension plan health
A new report gives California a “C” grade in the overall health of the state’s teacher pension plan, coming in just slightly ahead of the C- average nationwide. The report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which has been tracking the health of teacher pension plans in each state and the District of...
By LA School Report | January 27, 2015
Report: LA Unified near bottom in teacher pay for large districts
* UPDATED There’s a new report that negotiators for United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) might be pulling out at the next round of contract negotiations with LA Unified. A new study by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), finds that LA Unified teachers rank near the bottom of the 113 largest districts in the...
By Craig Clough | December 3, 2014
National Council on Teacher Quality: Ed majors have it too easy
College students who major in education find an easier path to high grades and graduation compared with their peers with other majors, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). The report, “Easy A’s and What’s Behind Them,” studied graduation data from 500 higher education institutions and found that 44...
By Craig Clough | November 12, 2014
Vergara plaintiffs conclude case, with two views on laws’ impact
Plaintiffs called their final witnesses in Vergara v California today, putting on the stand two experts who offered testimony designed to show negative consequences of the state statutes under challenge. It’s a case that could overhaul major parts of state laws that govern teacher dismissal and tenure opportunities. Frank Fekete, a lawyer from Redondo Beach...
By Mark Harris | February 19, 2014
Update: Education Schools Denounce Critical Report
A new national report by the National Council on Teacher Quality and the U.S. News and World Report found that only four secondary programs in California — made the honor roll — none of which were in Los Angeles. Of 71 elementary training programs rated in California, 64% received the lowest scores, noted the LA Times. University...
By Brianna Sacks | June 19, 2013