• Economic Fairness
    Probably the most unfair thing that happens to most blacks is the grossly rotten schools they attend. Often, fraudulent high-school diplomas are conferred that certify they can read, write and compute at the 12th-grade level when in fact they can’t perform at the seventh- or eighth-grade level. any members of Congress keep their own children out of D.C. public schools; 44 percent of senators and 36 percent of representatives do, and that includes 35 percent of Congressional Black Caucus members, who tend to vote against school choice. Their actions are dictated by what’s good for the National Education Association, not low-income black children. Do you think that’s fair? By the way, teachers at public schools are twice as likely as other parents to send their own children to private schools. That ought to tell us something.
  • Choice Is Not Chaos
    But content standards ought to follow the choice model. Currently, schools can’t create any kind of order or standards because they have to accomodate a great number of contituencies who don’t choose to be there. If every school were a school of choice, each school would have not only the freedom, but also the social support, to organize around a clear standard and impose it in every classroom.
  • Study: Charter School Unions Mimic Traditional Unions
    Collective bargaining within charter schools, though said to be more flexible and innovative than that within traditional public schools, offers too few perks to outweigh the restrictions it creates, says a recent study. Currently, about 12 percent of charter schools nationally have formed unions to negotiate wages, salaries, and work conditions through collective bargaining.
  • Graduation rate near crisis stage
    Local business leaders and educators came together Monday evening to address the future of Bedford County students. About 30 were in attendance in the auditorium at Shelbyville Central High School, and left in agreement to work together to improve graduation rates.
  • Program helps Wilson County schools improve
    A program to test whether students are meeting state standards throughout the year is paying off for Wilson County schools, which improved its scores on this year’s Tennessee Report Card. Teachers use the results of the quarterly benchmark tests to identify which students are struggling with which subjects. With a software program the district started using this year, teachers can even understand whether male or female students tend to struggle or master a topic as a group.
  • Dyersburg: City Schools reflect high scores in state report card
    The state of Tennessee released school system report cards for the 2010-2011 school year on Friday, Dec. 2 and Dyersburg City Schools found itself performing well in comparison to the rest of the state and especially northwest Tennessee. The Dyersburg City School System continues to perform well despite being the 10th most economically disadvantaged school system in northwest Tennessee.
  • Christmas Wish List For Educators
    As we say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012 we must put a few items on our Christmas list and make a few resolutions for the upcoming year. First…
  • Charter school denied
    The Jackson-Madison County School Board voted 6 to 2 to deny Connections Preparatory Academy’s amended charter-school application during a called meeting held Tuesday night. White’s recommendation was based on the premise that the charter school would negatively affect the district’s finances and that the school’s application was not adequate. The next step for the charter applicants is to appeal the board’s decision to the state.
  • More school hours don’t guarantee better test scores
    “There is a perception among policymakers and the public that U.S. students spend less time in school. The data clearly shows that most U.S. schools require at least as much or more instructional time as other countries,” said Jim Hull, senior policy analyst at the NSBA’s Center for Public Education. “Providing additional time can be an effective tool for improving students’ outcomes, but how that time is used is most important,” Mr. Hull said.
  • Training on track, communication lacks, Nashville schools told
    A national panel of education experts is lauding Metro school leaders for creating a cooperative culture, effectively training principals and using data to make decisions. But it had criticisms, too, some of the strongest revolving around coherence and communication
  • Jones Talks Court Challenge Depending on School Sale Terms
    A move by countywide school board member Martavius Jones to set ground rules for any transfer of school buildings to a suburban school district ended abruptly Tuesday, Dec. 13, as Jones pulled the resolution at a school board work session.
  • CORRECTION: County School Board meets Wednesday this week
    The Rutherford County Board of Education will hold a work session today to prepare for a Wednesday meeting. Today’s meeting will start at 5 p.m. at the district’s administration building at 2240 Southpark Blvd. Wednesday’s meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. at the district office. The original posting and publication of this notice incorrectly listed Wednesday’s meeting as happening Thursday.

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