Travis Manning

Teachers are at a breaking point

The career ladder and tiered licensure plan is not the answer. The bill makes teachers accountable for conditions over which they have little or no control. Tying student test scores to teacher pay is flat out unethical.

For the sake of children and teachers: Opt out

We have reached a testing crisis in Idaho and Common Core hasn’t helped. As a current high school English teacher, I know. We are over-testing children, including the new eight-hour Common Core test: the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

Online charter outsourced student essays

IDVA may have violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which protects student work and private information.

Idaho Ed News should broaden its content

While Idaho Education News does a decent job allowing for a diverse cadre of op-eds, it has much work to do regarding selection of news topics and the angle and trajectory from which it reports on these topics.

TFA techniques are not best practices

Conflicts of interest abound when education corporations like Teach For America get involved in the “business” of education.”

Trust the experts and talk to teachers

Bipartisan support for improving schools with Common Core State Standards hasn’t come without criticism, and the naysayers are growing. Ask Idaho educators what they think.

Gov. Otter should share polling data

Lawmakers should share data results or not use that data to justify their decisions.

Bills unfairly tilt the scales

The Idaho Legislature needs to follow its constitutional mandate and take responsibility for making sure districts have all the necessary operational funds.