• Memphis or Bust: Education Reform, Debt Management Among Issues on Agenda at Lawmakers’ Conference
    One-third of Tennessee’s state’s lawmakers are planning a trip to Memphis this weekend to mingle with hundreds of legislators from other Southern states. Tennessee’s delegation is almost evenly split along party lines between the 29 representatives and 16 senators who signed up with legislative staff to attend the five-day conference. Here’s a list of Tennessee lawmakers planning to attend:
  • TCAPs Show Gap Between City, County Schools
    More than half, 57.4 percent, of Shelby County Schools students tested were proficient or advanced – the two highest categories – in reading. Also, 48.8 percent were the same in math, with 65 percent at those two levels in science. In reading, math and science, MCS students never topped 26 percent in any of the three subjects. The 26 percent was in reading, followed by 24.4.percent in science and 22.6 percent in math. The math numbers, however, were a 4.6 percent improvement from 2010.
  • Internet offers robust learning option
    With all the recent conversation about online, or virtual, learning, you would think it is a new concept, but distance learning is nothing new — it has its roots in the old correspondence schools of the 19th century. What began as an effort to educate students in remote areas has evolved into a student-centered effort to move education beyond a bricks-and-mortar classroom. Students choose online learning to overcome scheduling conflicts, for credit recovery, for access to Advanced Placement courses, as an alternative to home school and for many other reasons. The most successful students in a virtual program are self-directed, good time managers, have strong communication skills, and can work independently to do their best work. Of course, they must be comfortable with technology.
  • Charter school jumps from ‘D’ to ‘A’
    Florida – This year, 74 percent of students met reading standards, and 82 percent met math standards. That means 83 percent of students improved their reading scores, and 86 percent improved their math scores from last year. How’d they do it?
  • Editorials | Editorial: Competition key in improving schools
    Charter schools aren’t the answer to fixing education, but they are certainly part of the solution. “We need a competitive environment…”
  • D.C. charter school test scores rise – D.C. Schools Insider
    This year’s city tests show that reading and math achievement is on the rise in D.C. public charter schools. The gains in the fast-growing charter sector were modest but notable in comparison to the mostly flat results for the school system.
  • State Education Rankings: The Best And Worst For Math And Science
    The Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI) measures how high school students are performing in physics and calculus — based on publicly available data, including Advanced Placement scores, National Assessment of Educational Progress reports, teacher certification requirements by state and physics class enrollment data. The numbers below reveal that few states are performing at high levels, and most are poorly preparing students for science, technology and engineering.
  • Tennessee’s first virtual academy goes online in August
    The Union County school system has established what’s believed to be a first in Tennessee: an online public school for students in kindergarten through eighth-grade. The Tennessee Virtual Academy will commence in August and serve students from all over the state.
  • Trio of Memphis charter schools facing closure as early as this summer
    Three Memphis charter schools could be forced to close as early as this summer for poor academic performance, displacing as many as 1,475 students and sending shock waves through the city’s young charter network. The schools are Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering in the Medical Center area, Promise Academy in North Memphis and the middle school at Memphis Business Academy in Frayser. In Tennessee, which has the strictest charter accountability laws in the nation, charters can be closed after two years of failing to make adequate academic progress.
  • Memphis City Schools board demands city pay up funds due
    The Memphis school board called Monday for a showdown at City Hall over school funding, saying it is out of patience with the litigate-and-wait strategy that has cost schools $70 million since 2008 and untold legal fees. Next week, Supt. Kriner Cash is expected to tell the board what cuts would be necessary if it doesn’t get the money from the city budget. It would be either 1,500 jobs or every arts program, athletic team, JROTC corps and counseling program the district offers, Cash said.

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