• Athletic program aids growth in number of home-school families in Tenn.
    But a new wave of home-school families, more organized and growing, say adding the perk of athletics programs has been a huge draw for parents who want to pull their kids out of public or private schools but worry about them losing out on opportunities such as competitive sports. Such programs for home-schoolers are popping up all over the country, especially in larger metro areas, because many states limit or don’t allow home-schooled students to play on public school sports teams.
  • Reading Fundamentals a Focus of Rural Education Summit
    Early childhood learning received considerable attention at a conference on rural education in Nashville Wednesday. The need to teach children to read at an early age continues to emerge as a central issue in any discussion of education, whether among educators, legislators, administrators or advocates.
  • SCORE Conference Accents Connection Between Education, Economic Growth
    They held an education summit in Nashville on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it turned into a jobs summit. And that’s pretty much what organizers of the event had in mind all along. But it was clear the event was not simply about educating kids in rural communities. It was about preparing them for the workforce and, in turn, boosting the economy in those rural areas.
  • Cheating Students Out Of An Education
    We’re seeing an assault on testing itself and on the principle of accountability. In fact, the “be-all end-all” of K-12 education is student achievement – which is advanced through “teaching and learning.” Testing may not be perfect, but it is the best objective way to measure progress. Test results give parents, voters, and public officials important metrics for holding teachers and principals accountable for doing their jobs. Cheating is wrong. Cheating by teachers, who are supposed to be role models, is worse. And cheating by teachers that harms students is worse still. 

    If we allow accountability to be undermined, then school reform –necessary for improving children’s lives and for gaining higher economic growth – will wither and die.

  • Future Schools : Education Next
    Blending face-to-face and online learning. Crucially, the lab requires an adult who has experience with children, but no teaching credential (nor, indeed, bachelor’s degree) is required. But the larger impact of the technology is still ahead, in the ways it will integrate with, and alter, classroom practice. Elsewhere in the charter universe, schools are incorporating hybrid and blended structures into already successful school organizations, which increasingly seek efficiency, even as they expand and work to maintain excellent student achievement.
  • Unions Escalate Attacks On Those ‘Trying To Fix’ Education
    Teachers’ unions like NEA and AFT are escalating attacks on non-existent “teacher haters” while vilifying those who are trying to reform a failing system. Sand believes that typically what is labeled “teacher bashing” is nothing more than anger at the teachers unions for blocking every type of education reform imaginable. Also adding to the frustration many taxpayers feel is the belief that the unions are doing their level best to block school districts’ attempts to fire bad and even criminal teachers.
  • Sixth grade in final year at Campus
    Homer Pittard Campus School will officially be a K-5 school when the 2012-13 school year begins, as Rutherford County Schools leaders voted Wednesday to dissolve the sixth grade there.
  • City offers Memphis City Schools $10 million in deal to end standoff
    The city has offered Memphis City Schools $10 million on top of the $3 million it paid Wednesday in early talks to get the school year started on time. Under the proposal, the city school board would have to agree to let the $57 million judgment from 2008-2009 run its course in court.
  • Possible delay of school casts wide ripples across Memphis
    At the school board offices, the phone rang wildly Wednesday as teachers and parents tried to find out what they are supposed to do now. “Everyone is working diligently to try to get those questions answered,” said Staci Franklin, district spokeswoman.
  • Rahm Emanuel Practices School Choice… Grouchily
    I think it might have something to do with the obvious hypocrisy of cherishing and exercising educational choice for one’s own kids while advocating a one-size fits-few state monopoly school system that makes private schooling unaffordable to the majority of your fellow citizens.

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