- How Sweden Profits from For-Profit Schools
In 1992, Sweden introduced a nation-wide public and private school choice program. Private schools went from enrolling virtually no one to enrolling about 11 percent of the entire student population–a figure that continues to grow with each passing year. Moreover, recent research finds that these new private schools outperform the public schools. And which private schools are growing the fastest? The chains of for-profit schools that are in greatest demand, and that have an incentive to respond to that demand by opening new locations.
- Leader Admits in Email: Teachers Union “Stands Up For Adults”
Andrew Buikema, a music teacher with Grant Public Schools for the past nine years, is tired of being forced to belong to a union that he says doesn’t “stand up for kids” and “always seem(s) to put adults first.” Buikema expressed his displeasure in a recent email to MEA Secretary-Treasurer Peggy McLellan. In her response, McLellan wrote, “You’re right that MEA stands up for adults; that’s because it’s the adults who are under attack, not the kids.”
- Working on Hope: Charter school expert, executive director share their thoughts
This week, Matt Throckmorton, executive director of the Tennessee Charter School Association, came to Maryville to meet with and offer training for the board, and to help answer questions from Blount Today. Throckmorton says a charter school isn’t a private school run with public funds. “It is a public school. It doesn’t teach religion; it meets all academic requirements from the state. They do all the things public schools do, just not necessarily in the same way as a conventional public school,” he says. The Hope Academy board is planning two events this month to give residents the opportunity to learn more about the proposed school.
- New Teacher Effectiveness Measure Gains Momentum
Memphis City Schools is among the systems forging ahead of urban schools nationally as the Tennessee State Board of Education recently unanimously endorsed the use of MCS’ groundbreaking Teacher Effectiveness Measure known as “TEM”
- Sumner schools change some policies after ACLU lawsuit
The Sumner County Board of Education will change some of its policies in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee accusing the district of promoting Christianity. Schools will now either limit or eliminate student interaction with individuals distributing materials, such as Bibles…visitors to schools may not approach or solicit students. The third policy revision says school personnel serving as club sponsors are strictly prohibited from engaging in any conduct that creates the appearance of endorsement of the organization’s or club’s messages or ideas, but must only serve in a supervisory role.
- Rediscovering the Importance of Childhood Reading
The first lady and the DOE launched ReadTennessee.org, a site the department says is designed to help teachers, parents and community members regarding new standards and higher expectations. The new website the Department of Education announced Wednesday is geared with information boosting student achievement. It includes an online toolkit for teachers to connect them with various resources related to the issue.
- Tennessee Governor Talks with Teachers After Turbulent Session
Haslam says he’s been meeting with educators across the state to understand their concerns as he moves toward a new legislative session. Haslam says he’s especially interested in tracking the state’s new teacher evaluations.
- Oak Ridge educators, Haslam meet over pizza
While pizza was on the menu, upcoming new teacher evaluations were on the minds of educators during a luncheon with the governor at an Oak Ridge landmark. Haslam called the new evaluation process “a good one.” “I think it’s important to have standards and raise standards,” he said.
- Douglas County district’s plan for “school” puts it further into uncharted charter territory
To operate its groundbreaking and controversial voucher program, the Douglas County School District has hit upon yet another groundbreaking and controversial plan: the creation, staffing and approval of its own charter school. The Choice Scholarship School would have no teachers, no unique curriculum and, at least initially, no building. But according to the charter application, tentatively approved by the district board June 27, the school would “make operational” the voucher program and administer standardized tests, which students attending private schools through the program must take.
- New Bill In Congress Could Give Schools Fiscal Elbow-room
GOP Congressman has introduced the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act to give schools flexibility they need to innovate and best serve their students. States and local school districts should have the ability to use federal dollars on education programs that best serve the needs of their students. To address this issue, the Committee on Education and the Workforce introduced the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act (H.R. 2445)…