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TLI: A First Look at the New York State Teacher Evaluation System

02.23.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute and Cecil take a first look at the newly agreed-upon teacher evaluation procedure. They discuss the changes from the current system, anticipated results and some of the deficiencies that remain.

TLI: NYC Schools - Churches Fight School Worship Ban

02.16.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the current situation in New York City where the school board has ruled that churches may no longer rent facilities for worship services. An issue that has been in the courts since 1994, there is hope that a resolution ...

TLI: Quality Counts

02.09.12 | Cecil Van Houten

A new Education Week survey looks at schools across the country and ranks the states on things such as teacher compensation, classroom size, graduation rates and more. Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the results of the survey for New York and ...

TLI: NYS Proposed Budget - Pension Reform for NYS Teachers

02.02.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the pension reform aspect of the proposed New York State budget. The proposed changes for future government employees would save $3 billion per year.

TLI: NYS Proposed Budget - Teacher Evaluations Tied to Federal Aid

01.26.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr, President of the Teaching and Learning Institute (www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org) talks with Cecil about the difficulty of establishing a teacher/principal evaluation system that satisfies the state and federal requirements to gain federal and state aid but that is also ...

TLI: NYS Budget and How State Aid Will Affect Local School Districts

01.19.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Today Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute breaks down the state aid portion of Governor Cuomo’s budget which was released Tuesday. Ralph and Cecil discuss the possible outcomes for the 700 school districts across New York State. Future IIE segments will focus on other aspects ...

TLI: NYS Governor a Lobbyist for Students?

01.12.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the reaction to the Governor’s State of the State message last week, particularly the portion on education and goals for 2012. Can Governor Cuomo become a “lobbyist” for students? What do teachers and ...

TLI: Issues in Education - The 2012 Forecast

01.05.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss the likely hot topic issues for 2012 including budgets, student performance and the importance of local school board actions.

TLI: The Spirit of Giving

12.22.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute and Cecil do an end-of-the-year wrap-up of the big issues in education in 2011 and talk about the spirit of giving that permeates the holiday season.

TLI: Pants on the Ground

12.15.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr, President of the Teaching & Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the manner in which one school district is dealing with the issue of baggy, saggy pants. Does it matter how students dress? What are the issues involved?

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