Value-Added Teacher Evaluations and the Race to the Top

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"Value-added analysis” has been used to fire public school teachers who failed to measure up.  In Los Angeles, the value-added rankings of 6000 teachers were published on line. We hear about the strengths and weaknesses of the latest fad in education reform.  Also, graft at Afghan's Central Banks causes political turmoil, and religious leaders denounce religious bigotry, especially the burning of Islam's holiest book to commemorate the attacks on 9/11.

Banner image: Teacher June Brown helps Jeremy Torres, a third grade student at the Hill Public School, near Bayard, Nebraska. Photo: Larry W. Smith/Getty Images