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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?

TLI: Family First Program in Public Schools Brings Families Closer Together

12.08.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss an in-school program to increase parental involvement that was started by Tony Dungy and his wife called Family First. Because of their recent partnership with the national PTA organization, many chapters are being formed across New York and Pennsylvania in secondary and ...

TLI: Christmas Programs in Public Schools

12.01.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil review the issues that frequently arise this time of year in public schools with Christmas and holiday programs. Examples are given and several guidelines are offered for parents. They also offer suggestions on how to thank the music people in your school for including ...

TLI: Teachers Aren't Underpaid After All

11.17.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss the myth that public school teachers are underpaid. While that may have been true in the past, today's teacher ranks higher than their private sector counterparts in terms of salary, fringe benefits and job security.

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