- 4 Sumner schools now on ‘high priority’ list
Four Sumner County schools have been added to the state’s “high priority” list, meaning they failed to meet federal academic benchmarks under No Child Left Behind in the same category for two years in a row, according to Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) data released Friday by the Tennessee Department of Education.
- Letters: Online school good choice for students
I agree with the News Sentinel that online public schools are an exciting innovation and a catalyst for education reform. This is exactly why Union County Public Schools decided to open the Tennessee Virtual Academy to students statewide. TNVA is a public school equal to all other public schools in the state, except that lessons and teacher-led instruction are delivered using technology. TNVA students must meet the same accountability standards as other students, including attendance requirements, adherence to school policies and participation in the state’s TCAP Achievement test. Certified Tennessee teachers will oversee instruction and academic progress.
- BlueCross announces physical education grant program for middle schools
The program, sponsored by BlueCross’ Tennessee Health Foundation, will award 20 schools with a middle grades physical education curriculum and equipment grant valued at $10,000.
- Nashville schools turnaround plan set
Metro Nashville Public Schools is pulling out 10 low-performing schools from the rest of the district in a bid to turn them around and avoid greater state involvement in Metro schools. School officials announced that seven middle schools, two high schools and an elementary school will be shifted into an “innovation cluster,” in which officials will work with teachers and an outside consulting group to develop tailored turnaround plans during the upcoming school year.
- Test Security Under the Spotlight in New York State
New York State has launched a fast-moving process to tighten test security before it risks following Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey into cheating scandals…
- State’s Achievement School District Launches Charter School Sign-Up Program
Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) has announced the release of a request for qualifications (RFQ) from organizations interested in opening charter schools in ASD attendance zones for the 2012-2013 school year. In addition to the RFQ, the ASD will be awarding $6.8 million in start-up funding as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grant. Both the charter and i3 grant are being released the same day Chris Barbic’s official duty begins in his new role as ASD superintendent. “The development and release of this charter application marks an important step in the evolution of the ASD”, said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. “Applicants who choose to move forward in this process will be the first generation of ASD charters, and as pioneers, will be provided the opportunity to lead the way and create powerful ‘proof points’ for what is possible for all students in Tennessee.”
- School voucher bills flood GOP-led statehouses
As of mid-July, at least 30 states had introduced bills that would use taxpayer dollars to send children to private schools, most limited to poor or special needs children, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That’s compared with nine voucher bills in 2010, just one of which passed – a special needs voucher program in Oklahoma. And 28 states this year have eyed giving tax breaks to those paying private school tuition bills, which some consider a back-door voucher program.
- Metro schools fail to make adequate yearly progress; 55 schools called ‘high priority’
Due in part to heightened academic standards implemented last year, 55 Metro schools are categorized as “high priority” under the national education law, Director of Schools Jesse Register told reporters Monday. The school district itself has fallen into “Restructuring I” after Metro failed to demonstrate adequate yearly progress for the fifth year. The focal point of that strategy is Metro’s new Office of Innovation, led by Alan Coverstone, who will be overseeing 10 low-performing schools across the district.
- House Panel Sets Hearing On #SchoolChoice
On Wednesday, the House Education Committee holds its second set of public hearings on school choice. Roebuck said he wants “to sample a broad range of opinions and get everything out on the table” so that future legislation can be based on facts and not political rhetoric – as he says current school voucher proposals are.