• Commission gets behind 100% Graduation drive
    In four years, graduation rates in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools have gone from 76 to 91 percent, and officials here think the 100% Graduation initiative is a big reason why.
  • Kindergarten teacher has kids oink at student who was messy
    A Roane County kindergarten teacher who reportedly told students to encircle a classmate, call him a pig and make pig noises because the boy is messy, received a one-day unpaid suspension and had a letter of reprimand placed in her file.
  • Bill to elect superintendents fails
    Legislation to allow elected school superintendents in some Tennessee counties failed by a single vote in a House committee Tuesday.
  • A Novel Tax Tactic In The Fight For School Choice
    Efforts to help parents pry their captive kids out of failing public schools won another small victory last week, suggesting a new tactic in the never-ending war to promote school choice. Arguing that declining to tax someone is not the same as giving them a government handout, the majority reinforced the idea that not all wealth is owned by the government, which only deigns to let us keep some at its pleasure.
  • Pennsylvania Pushing for Educational Opportunity
    Pennsylvania’s Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill—The Opportunity Scholarship Act—to extend school choice under Pennsylvania’s existing Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. There is a high level of demand—for example, the Commonwealth Foundation notes that “the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia had 95,000 applications for the 7,700 scholarships it awarded over the last 12 years. Pennsylvania’s EITC program saves the state nearly $500 million each year
  • Understanding the Adults’ Insatiable Thirst for School Spending
    The reality is public schools – like the rest of government – are not underfunded. Their priorities are screwed up. And they want taxpayers to bail them out.But they, unlike the federal government, must live within their means. So they should start now. And while they’re at it, they should make every effort to see to it that students are not used as pawns in the unions’ political game of protecting the interests of adults.
  • Governor Not Ready to Endorse Collective Bargaining Ban
    House Speaker Beth Harwell has indicated she’s willing to support repeal of teachers union collective bargaining powers so long as local school boards are required to seek teacher input on decisions that affect them. But Gov. Bill Haslam wouldn’t say Tuesday whether he feels the same.
  • Haslam Inks Tenure Changes, Questions Fiscal Note on Charter Schools Bill
    Teacher tenure will be tied to performance on annual job evaluations beginning next school year, now that Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law the first prong of his education reform package. Charter School Bill Moves Forward.
  • Results of the 2009 NAEP High School Transcript Study
    The National Center for Education Statistics has just released the results of the 2009 High School Transcript Study, performed by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
  • Negotiators Wield the Emery Board against Massive Education Waste
    If the goal of budgeteers is to cut programs that don’t work and are unconstitutional – as it absolutely should be — education is the first area in which they should start swinging the spending axe, or better yet, the chainsaw.

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