• Memphis Council member Flinn proposes 12% property tax hike to pay school bill
    A City Council member is proposing a 12 percent property tax increase to fund a debt owed to Memphis City Schools.Council member Shea Flinn is proposing a 39-cent property tax increase per every $100 of assessed value, which would raise around $43 million, to pay the school district for the 2008-2009 school year.
  • JASON: Charter programs end foolish rules that limit reform
    Mr. Duncan’s response is to push Congress to weaken the law. He averred, “No Child Left Behind is broken, and we need to fix it now. Mr. Duncan is wrong: The law isn’t broken, it is American public schools that are – international test scores prove that. We need to fix the problem using a tool that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, at the behest of the teachers unions, stripped from the original NCLB bill, namely, school choice. In this regard, Mr. Duncan would do well to promote a type of solution that he supposedly has favored all along: charter schools.
  • Professional Educators of Tennessee don’t play politics with education
    The teachers union never calculates for someone fighting back and exposing them for what they really are. And that my friend is the Achilles heel of the teacher’s union.
  • Many TN parents grow skeptical of No Child Left Behind’s benchmarks, labels for schools
    77 percent of Tennessee schools met the bar last year, State Board of Education Chairman Gary Nixon doesn’t think it will be nearly that high when results are released later this year.
  • Two Thoughts on Education This Week: Howard Fuller Department
    Fuller is correct in fearing that universal vouchers could lead to private schools excluding poor and minority families. But the reality is that this could happen anyway. In fact, if anything, the fact that 26 percent of Milwaukee’s kids are attending private schools on vouchers pretty much disproves this fear. More importantly, Fuller fails to consider that the very limitation of vouchers to poor families is one of the reasons why vouchers have been largely opposed by the middle class. From where the middle class sit, why should they offer kids that aren’t their own an opportunity they cannot get themselves.
  • Tennessee must keep up vital education reform « State Collaborative on Reforming Education
    Current teacher contracts feature “last in, first out” (LIFO) requirements mandating that if teacher layoffs are necessary, they be done by seniority instead of effectiveness. These requirements could do damage to children, teachers and schools.

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