- New Initiative Targets ‘School-to-Prison’ Pipeline
Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled the Supportive School Discipline Initiative at a meeting of a Justice Department committee meeting Thursday afternoon. The initiative announced Thursday has four parts: • building consensus for action among federal, state and local education and justice stakeholders; • collaborating on research and data collection needed to shape policy, such as evaluations of alternative disciplinary policies and interventions; • developing guidance to ensure school discipline policies and practices are in line with the federal civil rights laws; • and promoting awareness and knowledge about evidence-based and promising policies and practices.
- Deal could resolve funding dispute, open Memphis City Schools on time
A deal reached Thursday offered hope that the showdown over school financing that has threatened the start of the fall semester for city school students could be coming to an end. Under the proposal, brokered over the last two days by Mayor AC Wharton and Memphis City Schools board president Martavius Jones and announced during a meeting of the City Council’s Education Committee, the city would pay the schools $15 million by Aug.15. Then, the remainder of the money due for the upcoming school year would be paid in monthly installments. If all sides agree, students should return to schools on time, with a scheduled start date of Aug. 8.
- Kline and Hanna Seek to Alleviate Federal Regulatory Burden on States and School Districts
Today, House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) sent a letter to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, requesting more information about costly regulatory burdens facing states and school districts across the country. Chairman Kline and Rep. Hanna asked the Government Accountability Office to provide information about the most costly and challenging federal regulatory requirements placed on states and school districts. Additionally, the members requested more information about any actions undertaken by the Department of Education to ensure reporting requirements are providing useful data to teachers and school leaders, as well as any of the department’s efforts to alleviate the regulatory burden for school districts by eliminating duplicative requirements.
- MNPS offers wide selection outside zone
In many communities, a family’s home address is the only factor determining the school a child attends. But that is not the case in Metro Nashville Public Schools: If you don’t think your zone school is right for your child, you have a growing menu of public school choices. We offer themed schools that appeal to students’ varied interests through both our annual lottery (applications available each November for the lottery in January) and the open enrollment process (seats filled on a first-come, first-served basis each March). Our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), museum, environmental awareness, Montessori, Paideia, Spanish immersion, academic magnet, International Baccalaureate and arts-themed schools appeal to students across the county.
- What if School Choice Activists Filed Funding Torts?
But what if equity lawsuits came back to form, this time with school choice activists and Parent Power advocates leading the way? At the heart of such suits would be the education provisions within state constitutions. These cases have made clear that it’s time to end zip code education, and have been the driving forces behind successful efforts in 13 states to enact school choice measures.
- Education expo hopes to reach families outside of homeschooling
This weekend, more than 1,400 families are expected to fill the arena at Camp Jordan for the 29th Annual Education Expo and Homeschool Curriculum Fair. The expo, which is being hosted by the Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association, is organized to appeal to all types of families, even if they’re not actively involved in homeschooling their children. The two-day event will include 90 exhibitors, each of them on hand to display products and services that might be useful to home educators.