• Tennessee and Georgia climb in education quality ranking
    Tennessee and Georgia each moved up in a national ranking of overall education quality, with Tennessee placing 21st and Georgia seventh.But those figures came in well above other measures of statewide student success such as the ACT college entrance exam and the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test that compares states’ performance on math and reading.
  • Tennessee gets C+ grade in annual education report
    Tennessee scored above the national average, with a grade of C+, in Quality Counts 2012, the 16th annual examination of issues and challenges facing America’s public schools by Education Week magazine.
  • Why Do Reporters Get it Wrong?
    So why do people like Tom Toch, who’s not stupid or mean, fail to acknowledge this wealth of evidence showing benefits from voucher programs and just focus on crappy and mistaken summaries from hacks at CEP?
  • 12 Education Activists for 2012
    What do an old-school game designer, the current NCAA chief and Maggie Gyllenhaal have in common? They’re all on TIME’s list of the 12 education activists to watch in 2012.
  • Diverse Groups and Advocates Find Common Ground During National School Choice Week
    January 22-28 is National School Choice Week, a grassroots movement of professional associations, advocacy groups, parents, students and teachers calling for an effective education system that has the flexibility to allow parents to choose the learning environment that is best suited for their child. As we arrive closer to the exciting week, and our own AAE events throughout the country, a groundswell of support is brewing for the movement with diverse organizations and individuals coming together in an unprecedented way to support choice.
  • Few States Cite Full Plans for Carrying Out Standards
    Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted a common set of academic standards, but only seven have fully developed plans to put the standards into practice in three key areas, according to a study released today. The numbers got smaller and more mixed, however, as the researchers burrowed into those plans in three key areas: providing curriculum or instructional materials, offering professional development to teachers, and adapting teacher evaluation to reflect instruction in the new standards.
  • Bill Cosby Announces Support for National School Choice Week
    Bill Cosby today announced his full support for National School Choice Week (January 22-28, 2012), organizers announced this morning. “I strongly support National School Choice Week because all children in America should be able to access the best schools possible,” Cosby said. “We have a moral and societal obligation to give our children the opportunity to succeed in school, at work, and in life. We cannot meet that obligation unless parents are empowered to select the best schools of their children. I encourage everyone who wants to see a transformation of American education to get involved in National School Choice Week.”
  • Dyersburg City Schools adopt new calendar
    Dyersburg City Schools will operate under a different calendar beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. The school board decided to go with the calendar option that will allow for a one-week break in the fall and spring instead of the two-week break that has been in place for the last several years. Schools will continue to observe a two-week break during the Christmas holidays.
  • NY-Bloomberg, in State of the City Address, Focuses on Education
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, directly confronting leaders of the teachers’ union, proposed on Thursday a merit-pay system that would award top performers with $20,000 raises and threatened to remove as many as half of those working in dozens of struggling schools. Mr. Bloomberg said he would take several steps to circumvent obstacles to his proposals posed by city labor unions. He pointedly referred to the United Federation of Teachers numerous times and seemed to relish diving into some of the most controversial subjects in the education world, including merit pay, teacher evaluations and a large increase in charter schools.

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