- Haslam targets schools, lawsuits | theleafchronicle.com | The Leaf Chronicle
Gov. Bill Haslam’s first legislative agenda includes proposals to make it more difficult for teachers to gain tenure, allow anyone to attend charter schools, and limit how much money could be awarded to people who win civil lawsuits against businesses.
- Education Notebook: With Governor Walker’s Proposal, Wisconsin Once Again Leads the Nation in Education Reform
In 1990, Wisconsin set an education reform example for the nation with the passage of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP). Twenty years later, Governor Scott Walker (R) has identified the obstacle that keeps more children in his state and across the land from similarly benefiting from parental choice in education: public employee union collective bargaining power serving members’ interests rather than the needs of children.
- Reviving Hope | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.
U.S. Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman and Susan Collins sternly told District officials Wednesday that Congress probably will cut funding for city schools if efforts to revive a federal voucher program for students are not successful this year.At a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Collins (R-Maine) stressed that they and House Republicans are making the renewal of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program a chief priority.
- D.C. Being Made to Hire Back Fired Teachers
An independent arbitrator recently ruled that D.C. Public Schools will be required to hire back 75 teachers fired during Michelle Rhee’s tenure. On top of this, D.C. will also be required to pay two years in back wages, costing the city approximately $7.5 million.
- Education Waste: We Have Only Ourselves to Blame | Neal McCluskey | Cato Institute: Commentary
While real, federal per-pupil expenditures have more than doubled since the early 1970s, the scores of 17-year-olds on the National Assessment of Educational Progress — the so-called “Nation’s Report Card” — have been pancake flat. We’ve spent tons with no educational returns to show. We have, though, got bloat such as a near doubling of school employees per-student, and opulent buildings like the half-billion-dollar Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools complex that opened in Los Angeles last year.
- Education – Tenuous Tenure of Tenure
The Governor has rightly noted that three years is hardly enough time in which to evaluate whether a teacher should be given a near lifetime guarantee of employment. Consequently he has proposed that school boards have up to five years to evaluate a teacher before granting tenure.
- A Second Chance for Choice – Brian Bolduc – National Review Online
Rep. John Boehner (R., Ohio) introduced H.R. 471, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act. Besides the speaker’s imprimatur, H.R. 471 has another advantage: It has one Democratic co-sponsor in the House, Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.), and two in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.). The bill resuscitates the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, a five-year pilot program that Congress created in 2004.
- Education Notebook: Education Experts: Federal Role Has Failed
Last Thursday, the House Education and Workforce Committee held a full committee hearing to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s classrooms
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On January 18, Rep. Debra Maggart and Rep. Glen Casada unveiled House Bill 130, a measure that would “prohibit any local board of education from negotiating with a professional employees’ organization or teachers’ union concerning the terms or conditions of professional service on or after the effective date of this bill.”
- The Department of Education Has Failed | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.
Two major themes emerged from the hearing: States need flexibility and families need educational choices. As federal policymakers begin examining the merits of a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, they should remember that tinkering with this failed formula will fall short of meeting these needs. Instead, national leaders should pursue a course that devolves dollars and decision-making down to states to ensure that the needs of students are best met.