• Louisiana’s Plan to Empower Parents Through School Choice
    Perhaps most notably, the governor calls for a restructuring of student funding in a way that gives students maximum flexibility in using their state education dollars. He called for education dollars to “follow the child to whatever educational option meets their needs.”
  • Time to expand school choice
    School choice is one of those rare issues where Republicans and Democrats can proudly work together. It isn’t about politics—it’s about ensuring our children receive the education they deserve. The public school system is not producing the results that America deserves: In math and sciences, our students are outcompeted by the likes of Poland, Latvia and Azerbaijan. Nationwide, thousands of students are trapped in one of 1,700 “dropout factories”—schools with less than 60 percent graduation rates. Overall, academic achievements have stagnated over the past few decades despite increased spending on public education. School choice programs have the potential to bring American students back to competitive levels.
  • Virtual schools on the rise, but are they right for K-12 students?
    About a quarter of a million students in kindergarten through 12th grade were enrolled in full-time online schools last year, according to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a 25% increase over the previous year. Some parents choose these schools because their children are struggling in traditional schools; others do so for their flexible schedules. A U.S. Department of Education report published in September 2010 found that more study was needed to determine the effectiveness of online education for kindergarten through 12th grade students. “You’ve got to measure where they start from, right? And that’s the big question. So the question is, are they learning at a higher rate in a virtual school than they did previously?” he said.
  • TN taps new pipeline for top teachers
    Tennessee education leaders plan to invest $10 million on two national programs that recruit the brightest graduates in other fields, put them through intensive training and send them into classrooms — where they typically outperform peers who took the traditional route. In its successful Race to the Top grant application, the state promised to build a pipeline to produce great teachers, said Chris Barbic, hired to head the Achievement School District and turn around Tennessee’s lowest performers. It will use money from the $501 million federal grant to hire up to 580 teachers from nonprofits Teach for America and the New Teacher Project, which will split the contract.
  • Harvard Study: Good Teachers Improve Student Academics, Earnings, Quality of Life
    “If you leave a low value-added teacher in your school for 10 years, rather than replacing him with an average teacher, you are hypothetically talking about $2.5 million in lost income,” Friedman said. “The findings of this study strongly reinforce the need to reform the human resource practices of our public schools,” he said. “Teachers make an enormous impact on student learning gains and long term outcomes, but the typical American student continues to attend a school system barred from differentiating between effective and ineffective teachers.”
  • BAEO is taking nomniations for Education Reform Champion Under 40.
    BAEO is proud to launch its Ed Reform Champions under 40 initiative, an annual campaign to spotlight the efforts and accomplishments of the movement’s newest generation of Black education leaders. We are seeking nominations of individuals under the age of 40 who support BAEO’s mission of increasing access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working class black families.
  • Oklahoma student suspended after snapping cell phone photo of sleeping teacher
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-A high school student in Oklahoma City has been suspended because he took a picture of a teacher taking a nap in class.
  • Kevin Chavous on His Tireless Efforts for School Choice
    But Chavous acknowledges that the politics of school choice make it a difficult sell, even with its impressive record. The DC OSP itself was “slated to be defunded by President Obama because of politics,” he noted, though Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) led a successful charge to reinstate it during what Chavous called a “banner year for school choice” in 2011. Legislators must take a break from the politics of education to see the real need for reform, Chavous insisted.
  • Senator DeMint on National School Choice Week
    Today the school choice movement is stronger than ever. As Senator DeMint noted: “If we don’t assume that public education means government education, if we assume that public education means the best that America can give to every student in the country, if that’s how we think about education, we will have the best education in the world.”
  • Ladner Begins Campaign for a Second Bunkum
    Valerie Strauss put up a post from Anthony Cody denouncing the new ALEC Report Card on American Education…As revelations go, this one reads like a fever-dream. Next there is a good bit of conspiracy theory babble concerning the American Legislative Exchange Council. Finally, apparently everyone from Barack Obama on the left to Mitch Daniels on the right is a “corporate reformer” these days. The fact that we have much to learn however does not mean that we should stick with the status-quo, which is utterly indefensible. The author however is obviously mourning the loss of the dark-ages practice of making no consideration of student learning gains at all.
  • The SCORE Sheet » Our Teachers, Our Future: Details of Teacher Evaluation Feedback
    he State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) today announced details of a statewide feedback process on Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system at a meeting of the State Board of Education. The process, which is designed to gather input from a wide range of voices, particularly from educators, follows a charge by Governor Bill Haslam to conduct a formal feedback process, independent of state government. From February through May 2012, SCORE will gather feedback and input in four ways:
  • An Open Letter to Urban Superintendents
    Today Education Week posted the final part in a series of posts by Neerav Kingsland, chief strategy officer for New Schools for New Orleans. Kingsland’s writing, in the form of an open letter to urban superintendents, is meant to persuade district leaders that: the single most important reform strategy you can undertake is to increase charter school quality and market share in your city–with the ultimate aim of turning your district into a charter school district. In other words: rid yourself of the notion that your current opinions on curriculum, teacher evaluation, technology, or anything else will be the foundation for dramatic gains in student achievement. Kingsland’s posts are must-read material (regardless of your opinion of his approach), and the links to each of the four posts are below.
  • Bartlett to tour E. Tenn. schools
    Bartlett officials will head out on their own education field trip to the Tri-Cities region of East Tennessee early next week. With stops in Johnson City, Bristol and Kingsport, the entourage will try to get an inside look at the operation of schools similar in size to a potential Bartlett municipal school district. Bartlett and the other Shelby County suburbs are studying whether to form their own municipal school districts to circumvent the unified school system that resulted from the Memphis Board of Education surrendering its charter.
  • The School Buildings Are Crumbling!!!!!!!!
    The funny thing is, spending on school facilities increased at a rapid rate before 1997 and continued on afterward, increasing more than 150 percent in constant dollars from 1989 to 2008. Government school lobbyists like Carole Kennedy, President Clinton, and President Obama have been successfully squeezing money out of taxpayers for decades based on false claims of crises. And not just for construction. Take a look at this video for everything you need to know about public school spending:

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