• The Case for a “Greatly Reduced Federal Footprint” in Education
    Congress can take steps now to set a course that will get Washington out of the way of local schools and restore constitutional governance in education, beginning with the following near-term steps:
  • Making Evaluations Work for Students and Teachers
    Once we raised awareness around what good teaching looked like, we tackled evaluations. It was a complete turnaround for the district. Like most, it had a weak system in which teachers were reviewed inconsistently and infrequently, leaving them without the feedback all professionals want and need.
  • SCORE is changing the face of education
    The State Collaborative On Reforming Education (SCORE) was designed to be a sort of “watchdog group” to help the Tennessee Department of Education with education reform, and there are a number of changes that need to occur, if statistics are any indication, according to Alene Arnold, the organizations director of statewide outreach.
  • Accountability Is the Crux of Serious School Reform
    As long as unions continue to protect low-performing teachers, the solution for America’s families is to give them choices so they can escape dead-end schools staffed by poor teachers. The middle class insists on choice; why should the poor—who typically bear the brunt of low-performing teachers—get less? Exhorting people to “reverence and respect” is no substitute for insisting on excellence. When will the unions do that?
  • Haslam’s charter school bill opens up eligibility
    Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed changes to existing House Bill 0505 would open up charter eligibility to all students, instead of exclusively those deemed “at risk” — those students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. However, needy students would still receive top priority for enrollment.Therefore, supporting these changes would essentially eliminate unintentional segregation in many of our charter schools.

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