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The November elections are long past, and you’ve likely put behind you any thought of those annoying and-oh-so often misleading negative ads. Unfortunately, politicians are not alone in using spurious data to damage their opponents’ reputations. Our Rights Watch column explores a recent case in which public school teachers in one of the nation’s largest districts were systematically victimized.

It’s a story of teacher evaluation gone wrong. And teacher evaluation is just one of many issues affecting educators that will be debated around the country as a newly aligned Congress and many newly reconstituted state legislatures are gaveled into session at the beginning of this year.

Yes, 2011 will be full of challenges for teachers and support professionals. But we’re on your side, fighting with you for the fair pay and respect you deserve. And we’ll continue focusing on the issues so you can focus on the students you serve.

With best wishes for a happy and successful 2011,

Editor Doug Walker

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