• How America Lost its Heart
    This video is probably supposed to be funny. But it’s not. Not at all. When a generation has lost its connection to the institutions that made its country great and prosperous, that generation is on its way to losing those institutions. This is what the U.S. public education system has wrought. Is it by design?
  • Teachers Union Staffers Set Sail on 7-Day Caribbean Cruise
    Imagine your organization is facing attacks from all sides. Imagine it’s losing members and revenue. Imagine governors and mayors – of both political parties – publicly denouncing your industry as “broken” and move swiftly to stifle your power and influence, while you flail away helplessly. What to do? What else to do but go down drinking? That’s what members of the National Education Association’s National Staff Organization have apparently decided.
  • Captain Hammer’s National Standards Will Save Us!
    Thank heaven! The exact same people who produced the current mandatory dumbing down are now going to produce a new set of standards. Surely that will result in a lifting of standards!
  • Achieving essential reading skills?
    Happily, any teacher seems to be capable of being a high value-added teacher, but not by sticking to outdated methods that leave most children with poor reading skills. To get a different result, they have to do things differently, as Einstein told us. Unfortunately, Tennessee, like most other states, does not measure academic progress for pre-K through third grade. It is hard to measure, though some local districts do it (Maryville and Oak Ridge).
  • Preliminary TEAM results promising Teacher evaluations show good work by local educators
    Though there’s still several months left in the school year, and only a portion of observations have been completed and reported, education officials have already compiled preliminary results of the scores given during the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) evaluations.
  • Gloria Romero weighs in on Florida parental empowerment
    Our children too often function as debit cards for public education, valued in a struggling school system for the cash they bring through the front door. But parents have no such financial interest at stake, and Florida has the chance to give them more of the educational control they deserve. This is not a Democratic or a Republican fight. It’s a fight for parents, by parents. This is also a civil rights issue that is personal to me.
  • TN students, parents weigh their school options
    It’s part of a national movement to let the people who know children best — their own parents —– decide the best way to educate them. As a result, more states are allowing taxpayer money to pay for private schools, a possibility that Tennessee is studying, or passing legislation that encourages more charter schools. Districts are creating programs that enroll students by interest rather than geography.
  • Obama to announce $100 million plan to train new educators
    President Obama will use the backdrop of a White House science fair Tuesday to highlight a nationwide shortage of math and science teachers and unveil a plan to invest $100 million to help train 100,000 new educators over the next decade. Under his proposal, Obama will ask Congress for $80 million to support new Department of Education grants for colleges that provide innovative teacher-training programs. The president also is set to announce a $22 million commitment from private companies that will support the effort, according to White House officials.
  • Education: States Should Do More To Reach Students
    In its initial review of No Child Left Behind waiver requests, the U.S. Education Department highlighted a similar weakness in nearly every application: States did not do enough to ensure schools would be held accountable for the performance of all students. The Obama administration praised the states for their high academic standards. But nearly every application was criticized for being loose about setting high goals and, when necessary, interventions for all student groups — including minorities, the disabled and low-income — or for failing to create sufficient incentives to close the achievement gap.

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