• Haslam Expects Federal Belt-Tightening to Squeeze Tennessee
    Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that state and local governments should be prepared for less money coming from Washington as Republicans and Democrats feud over federal debt issues. He reasoned that Tennessee will take a hit regardless of how the matter is resolved. Haslam said when he speaks to business leaders they comment frequently on how nice people in Tennessee are but that the state’s ranking in the 40s among the 50 states in education is “the one drawback we have.”
  • Greg Johnson: Reforms unions opposed have made education better
    The end of collective bargaining for Tennessee teachers is not the end of education as we know it (if only it were so easy) though Fitzhugh and other “progressives” couch it as such when they try to preserve an educational system that by most all measures is not adequately preparing our students to compete in the global economy of the 21st century. And make no mistake – it is a competition. Meanwhile, Tennessee Democrats desperately – and deceptively – demagogue from the desert.
  • Audit: Principal failed to monitor finances
    But a state comptroller’s report released Wednesday notes several situations in which Nolan failed to monitor or maintain control over the club’s finances and reporting from January 2008 through June 2009. However, the audit report showed Nolan failed not only to get written documentation on a concession stand’s operating agreement but also did not ensure the Quarterback Club submitted financial records required by state law, such as collections from each game and a profit analysis report.
  • Memphis City Schools caught in seniority quandary
    This year, the city schools office of Strategic Teacher Recruitment and Staffing spent $2.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recruiting 1,800 experienced teachers for fewer than 200 openings in the upcoming school year. On Tuesday, MCS laid off 46 teachers it recruited last year, including four with Teach for America… The union bargained for a clause that restricts new hires to the city’s four lowest-performing schools…That means teachers with seniority will continue to bump new hires — regardless of their skill level.
  • Henderson loosens IMPACT rules to cut veteran teachers some slack – D.C. Schools Insider
    Chancellor Kaya Henderson, under pressure from the Washington Teachers’ Union, has loosened rules governing the IMPACT evaluation system that could allow some veteran educators who receive two consecutive poor appraisals to keep their jobs. In 2010, IMPACT’s first year in operation, 126 teachers were fired for poor performance and another approximately 500 were judged “minimally effective.”
  • School board may seek more PILOT money
    If the Hamilton County school board approves a balanced budget next Thursday — which would mean almost $18 million in cuts — Chairman Mike Evatt wants the County Commission to kick in some more money. The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes funds, known as PILOTs, already amount to between $3 million and $4 million and could keep schools from overcrowding and understaffing, he said, which is likely if the student population jumps more than the 500 students expected next year.
  • How to Get the Most Free Financial Aid
    For students not yet enrolled, the financial math behind choosing a college has radically changed. Here are the new steps students and their parents can take to get more free aid.
  • VU study finds little difference in principals’ leadership practices across school types
    Leadership Practices and School Choice, released by the National Center on School Choice, examines variation in leadership practices across school types. Following are the study’s key findings: · Principals from choice schools face similar levels and types of leadership challenges.  · The focus of the role of choice school principals was not significantly different compared with traditional public school principals.  · How principals use their time was similar across school types.  · Differences were found between affiliated and nonaffiliated charter schools.
  • “Backpacking”: A Potential Solution to the Tuition Crisis
    “Backpacking” is a term which means government education money follows the student. The government sets aside the cost of educating the student and pays funds to whatever school the student is attending (for secular educational studies), whether the school be public, private ,special needs or parochial… it’s a theme that needs to be focused on and pushed. It would radically change the economics of educating our children. This uncoupling will be a breath of fresh air into school choice, and will serve the interests of all American citizens.

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