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The plaintiffs in Vergara v. California say it's too difficult to get rid of "grossly ineffective" teachers, but state officials and teachers' unions counter that the protections don’t block dismissals.
Complicated teaching strategies, expensive school construction, and punitive evaluations cannot improve schools; real reform equalizes classroom experiences for all children, writes Ann Evans de Bernard.
President Barack Obama steered clear of new education initiatives in his State of the Union address, but is expected to use executive authority to push his priorities.
Recent bouts of snow and extreme cold across many states have led to widespread school cancellations, but some educators have tapped e-learning to keep up educational momentum.