Google Expands Its Educational Platform “Classroom” With A New API, Share Button For Websites

google-classroom Google Classroom, the company’s educational initiative that launched last year to allow teachers and students to communicate and collaborate with each other using Google tools and services, has today received a number of new features, the most notable being a new Classroom API for admins, and a Classroom share button. The latter lets developers or schools simplify sharing content… Read More

New York City Teachers’ ‘Unsatisfactory’ Ratings Scrubbed From Record If They Agree To Quit

New York Teachers Ratings

Failing New York City teachers can have their poor ratings scrubbed from the record if they strike a deal with the city to quit or retire, according to a New York Post report.

Teachers deemed “unsatisfactory” for two consecutive years in the city face termination hearings, but can avoid all that — and have the “unsatisfactory” grades changed to “satisfactory” on their permanent records — if they voluntarily leave the system.

Critics say the method is “a lie” and unethical, according to The Post, as those teachers seeking employment in other school districts would be applying for teaching positions under false pretenses. But an officer who takes part in “rubber room” hearings, which deal with teachers being paid to out disciplinary hearings in reassignment centers, praised the system. Continue reading “New York City Teachers’ ‘Unsatisfactory’ Ratings Scrubbed From Record If They Agree To Quit”