In Ed Week J.W. Towne pleads for better teaching to help stem the dropout problem. In the WaPo Bill Turque checks-in on where the teachers’ contract talks stand (or apparently more precisely lay). It’s a good overview of where things are but since these contract talks are now a multi-year affair can one contemporary event (in this case the recent layoffs) really be the cause of the slowdown? Seems more likely that it’s the latest excuse for a slowdown rather than a stand-alone cause because things were hardly chugging along prior to the layoff.