• Indoctrination Fridays With Social Justice Math
    There was a time when math class existed to train the next generation of engineers and researchers. Now, math class is being used to inspire the next generation of social activists and community organizers. The social justice crowd knows that many Americans still cling to the antiquated notion that math teachers should stick to teaching students about math and not politics. Osler answers that criticism by arguing:
  • The Duncan Precedent, 2013 Edition
    The Obama administration steadfastly refuses to acknowledge the problems with ED’s “backdoor blueprint” waiver strategy or the ugly precedent that it’s trying to set. But those with even a glimmer of imagination can see where this is going…
  • Obama Administration Continues to Make Policy Through Waivers
    Federal education reform must provide states greater flexibility and freedom from Washington’s heavy hand. NCLB inflicts 600-plus pages of federal programming on schools, hamstringing their ability to best meet students’ needs. The Obama Administration’s attempt to further centralize education policy only adds to the problem.
  • High-stakes education testing rethought
    John White, superintendent of the Recovery School District, said a key for future reform efforts would be to tie accountability more to how effective schools are in getting students prepared either for college or a post-high school job.
  • Lowering standards is no path to victory
    Based on the law, more than half of Tennessee schools are not making the grade. Yes, Tennessee has significantly increased standards and tests are harder, a more accurate measure of student achievement. So what? Maybe elected officials, administrators, teachers and parents — especially parents — can now see reality and demand more of themselves and the students.
  • Charter school education: A great investment in the future of Memphis
    Two main questions have been answered: Would charter schools be effective within the ever-changing landscape of standards in the state and the nation? And would children who have historically not achieved, academically, conform to the rigid curriculum set by many of the charter schools? To the surprise of many educators, politicians and community leaders who originally opposed the idea, charter schools have been embraced by the community and are having a positive academic effect on school children all across the city.
  • Q&A with Peg Tyre: The challenge of school choice
    With more states embracing charters and school choice, the decisions that parents have to make about their children’s education are becoming increasingly complex. For insight into these decisions, The Hechinger Report recently spoke with journalist Peg Tyre, whose book The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids The Education They Deserve
  • The myth of the rational education market
    When it comes to education, this may well be The Year of The Parent. For decades, educational professionals have talked about the importance of “parental engagement” to insure positive outcomes for kids. But in the past, the limits of that engagement have been clear. Parents were expected to show up for parent teacher conferences, chaperone a class trip and maybe whip up some cookies for a bake sale. Suddenly, with the rise of the Parent Trigger, and similar measures around the country, parent engagement may start to truly become a force that pushes schools toward real reform. So here’s the good news and bad news. The bad news first: there is no one size fits all model for a perfect school. If you think about it, the curriculum that is perfect for the child of migrant farm workers in Sausalito is not going to suit the child of two biochemists in Darien. Anyone who tells you otherwise is dreaming. The good news, though, is that there are ways that all kinds of parent can inform themselves about education so they can make better decisions that suit their circumstances.
  • Getting At-Risk Teens to Graduation
    Two of the fastest-growing trends in online education converge in the Performance Learning Center project…a nonprofit dropout-prevention program that devised the model in Georgia in 2002. The second trend is the “blended” approach, combining online learning with a teacher-led classroom. Most instruction is online in the PLC model, but a teacher-coach is there to answer questions, direct projects, and keep kids on track.
  • Indiana Superintendent Named Education Reform Idol 2011
    Indiana’s reforms have been about competition, freedom, and accountability. But most importantly, they’ve stayed focused on implementation: In the five weeks since the program began, over 2,500 low-income students have gained access to schools of their choice.
  • Shelby County Commission to ask judge to approve 7-member countywide school board
    The Shelby County Commission voted Thursday to submit a proposal to the federal judge overseeing the school-consolidation lawsuit that would recommend a new seven-member county school board that would have a significant Memphis majority. The commissioners will also ask the judge to call for a special election of the board in conjunction with the Oct. 6 Memphis elections to save taxpayer money or, if that is not feasible, they want authority to appoint board members ahead of what likely would be an election in March in conjunction with county presidential primaries.
  • State accepting charter school applications for Achievement School District zones
    Almost two weeks into his tenure as superintendent of Tennessee’s new Achievement School District, Chris Barbic is accepting proposals from organizations interested in opening charter schools in ASD attendance zones for the 2012-2013 school year.

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