ANNUAL STATE TEACHER POLICY REPORTNCTQ’s 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook grades states on teacher policies and shows a majority of states making significant progress

On January 30, 2014, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) will release its seventh annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook. The 2013 Yearbook reviews state laws, rules and regulations that govern the teaching profession, including key policy areas such as teacher preparation, evaluation, tenure, licensing, professional development and compensation.

The Yearbook is customized so that each state has its own report, analyses and data; a national summary report is available as well. State reports also contain charts and graphs showing how a particular state performed compared to all other states.

Additionally, a revamped state policy portion of NCTQ’s website will make it easier to search teacher policies within and across states and to share ready-made graphics and other data from the Yearbook. The new web pages will go live with the release of the report.

More information on NCTQ’s earlier Yearbook editions can be found here.

Embargoed copies of the report are available upon request, including a breakdown of the data for each state. For questions, to request an embargoed report or schedule an interview, please contact Maegan Rees at 202-393-0020 x 117 or

About NCTQ
The National Council of Teacher Quality ─comprised of reform-minded Democrats, Republicans, and Independents─ is a non-partisan research and policy group committed to restructuring the teaching profession based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. More information about NCTQ, including a list of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, can be found on the NCTQ website,


Texas School District Saves Thousands on Refurbished Apple Products

Getting more mileage out of tech budgets a priority in TX Schools

(TRINITY, Texas) Jan. 23, 2014 –When balancing the budget of an entire school district, expensive new technology is often among the first to be cut.  But administrators at one Texas district have found an option to put more high-quality technology in their students’ hands, using a fraction of their previous budget.

Trinity Independent School District purchased dozens of refurbished Apple products, including MacBooks and AC adapters, from Mac to School, K12’s leading provider of refurbished Apple devices.

Buying refurbished products from Mac to School allowed us to give our teachers and students access to the best technology available while staying within our budget,” said Barry Coleman, the district’s director of technology.  “We’ve placed multiple orders with Mac to School and have been thrilled with the results every time.”

The tech department spent roughly $30,000 on these refurbished Mac’s, they could have spent and additional 40% for the very same number of machines had they bought them new.

“At Mac to School, we know how important technology is in today’s classroom, but many districts simply can’t afford to pay full price,” said Robert Baker, Mac to School’s co-founder and president.  “We give educators and administrators the option to get more technology at a lower cost – without sacrificing quality or capability. It is our top priority to partner with districts like Trinity ISD, supporting their mission to get the best tools in the hands of their students.

In addition to providing school districts with an option for purchasing refurbished computers, Mac to School also offers to purchase Apple products from districts that are looking to upgrade or make room in their budget for new computers.

To learn more about Mac to School and the Apple products currently in stock, visit them online at

About Mac to School:

Mac to School buys, sells and refurbishes all types of Apple computers and equipment. We serve the public and private education market, working with small schools up to large districts throughout all 50 states. Our mission is to deliver the best value to our customers while providing the highest level of customer service. Our team of Apple Certified Technicians employs customized tools to generate detailed audits and provide quality refurbishment.


Unity College President Stephen Mulkey Named to the AASHE Board of Directors

Unity, Maine – January 23, 2014 – Unity College President Stephen Mulkey has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
“I look forward to working with President Mulkey and the other new members of the AASHE Board,” noted Jacqueline Johnson, Chair and Chancellor of the University Minnesota at Morris. “Stephen Mulkey’s experience and expertise in sustainability combined with his vision and record of leadership make him an excellent addition as AASHE continues its work to advance the broad goals of sustainability in higher education.”
A strong advocate for higher education reform, Mulkey led his college to become the first institution of higher education in the United States to adopt sustainability science as its framework for teaching and learning.  The change is in service to a transdisciplinary approach that prepares students to address 21st century ecological challenges, including the mitigation of global climate change.
“We are proud of President Mulkey and his vision for the sustainability of this planet,” noted Executive Vice President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury.  “President Mulkey is a strong advocate for sustainability and makes a compelling argument for comprehensive education reform.  He brings a broad understanding of science and deep commitment to the mitigation of climate change to all he does.”
In 2012, Mulkey touched off a growing nationwide movement when Unity College became the first institution of higher education in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels.  At present over 300 colleges and universities in the United States have active student movements pressing for similar action on their campuses.  He has since become a leader for higher education to comprehensively address climate change, often speaking to groups across the country.
AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.  It does this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.
In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including for its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking green innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.
Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary leaders.