Education Reform

Teacher Exodus is finally NOT “Fake News”

  Breaking News from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel!  Teachers are leaving the profession.  Seriously!  It’s now true. According to a report released Friday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum,  Wisconsin has a teacher leaving problem that has fueled the so called teacher shortage. Let me start with this quote from Anne Chapman, senior researcher at the forum and… Read more »

Wisconsin: Fixing the Teacher “shortage” by killing the profession!

About to be “Frequently asked Questions” concerning “fast track” teacher licensure in the state of Wisconsin. Is there a way to get a teaching license without student teaching? Yes. Is there a way to get a teaching license without taking the edTPA? Yes. Is there a way to avoid that horrible Foundations of Reading Test?… Read more »

I am a Teacher! For now. by a badass teacher.

“Sorry in advance for the length, but I need to get this out. After 22 years, I don’t know if I have it in me anymore. I am a teacher. I will always be a teacher. I love teaching, but this isn’t teaching. Everything I am required to do is about preparing my students for… Read more »

Tim @risegainst coming to #BustEDPencils

Listeners and readers of BustED Pencils know we have a love for music—punk rock particularly!  I typically try to find a music video to support blog posts and our intro music to the podcast is Rise Against’s Re-Education (Through Labor). Last week I had the opportunity to get an interview with Tim McIlrath of Rise… Read more »

Wisconsin Teachers granted a “Lifetime” of Deprofessionalization.

Stupid cliche alert.  “Be careful what you wish for.” Wisconsin has a new budget! Finally we can get down to the continued further “disruption” of the teaching profession. Yes it is now official.  $2100, 10 months, and no student teaching gets you a license to teach in Wisconsin—teacher shortage solution I’ve been told.  Never mind… Read more »

Surprise! If You Live Under a Rock.

As the war against our public schools and the profession of teaching drags on it amazes me that some people still act surprised when politicians attempt to enact policy that pushes us closer and closer towards total privatization and the siphoning of tax dollars directed towards operations that only stand to profit from the collapse…. Read more »

No Student Teaching? No Problem: Wisconsin Wants You.

Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee passed Scott Walker’s budget proposal dealing with teacher education on a 12- 4 party line vote.  While the entire proposal is a partisan disaster that continues the dismantling of Wisconsin’s public school system—one item is worth highlighting. 45. Alternative Teacher Preparation Program- Require the DPI to grant an initial teaching license… Read more »

No Status Quo in Wisconsin!

Since testifying against the Wisconsin DPI (Department of Public Instruction) teacher license rule changes, some have suggested that I am simply a defender of the status quo. That my insistence on “standards” means I wish to keep in place the current system. Nothing can be further from the truth. Here is a direct quote from… Read more »

My testimony to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Good afternoon.  My name is Tim Slekar and I am the Dean of the School of Education at Edgewood College.   Let me be clear from the outset. Our teacher shortage is a manufactured crisis that has resulted in an Exodus from the profession and has routed potential teachers away from teacher education.   Loosening, tinkering, and doing… Read more »

Today in Wisconsin’s War on Teachers.

Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction is toying around with this statement.   “School districts throughout the state are experiencing difficulties obtaining and retaining licensed personnel. These difficulties can impact children’s educational experience. An emergency rule is needed to create additional flexibility in the teacher licensing process for individuals who are seeking a license for the… Read more »