Disrepair — such as this floor in the gym of Noble Elementary-Middle School in Detroit — and other problems have prompted the teachers' "sickout" protests. Courtesy of Detroit Federation of Teachers hide caption

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Detroit Public School Teachers Turn To 'Sickouts' In Protest

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Tiffany Anderson is credited with turning around the school system in Jennings, Mo. Bill MacDonald/Courtesy of Tiffany Anderson hide caption

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The Superintendent Who Turned Around A School District

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Oliver Elementary School in Birgmingham, Ala., where Ann Marie Corgill taught until Friday. The recent Alabama Teacher of the Year says she quit her job after being told she wasn't highly qualified to teach fifth grade. Google Maps hide caption

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Teachers walk the picket line outside Garfield High School in Seattle, Wash., last week. They're going back to work on the strength of a tentative contract agreement. Matt Mills McKnight/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Sam Venable teaches music at Langston Hughes Elementary in New Orleans. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Hot Jazz, Cool Teacher: How One New Orleans Man Fosters Greatness

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Lily McBeth Pioneered Classroom Opportunities For Transgender Teachers

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Teachers are incorporating mobile technology and a digital sensibility into classroom lessons with assignments such as this one: to caption a historical photograph for teacher Nicholas Ferroni's high school history class in Union, N.J. Courtesy of Nicholas Ferroni hide caption

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'Building A Better Teacher': Dissecting America's Education Culture

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Dale Irby in 1973 (left) when his streak began, and in 2012, when the last of his 40 wonderful school photos was taken. Courtesy of Dale Irby and The Dallas Morning News hide caption

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Teachers and librarians demonstrate against thousands of proposed job cuts in the Los Angeles Unified School District Tuesday. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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