• Tennessee schools eye waiver for No Child Left Behind
    Tennessee is considering applying for a waiver [to NCLB], said state Department of Education spokeswoman Amanda Morris.
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Fact Sheet
    The Institute for a Competitive Workforce has taken a snapshot of all 50 states and the District of Columbia comparing the state of K-12 education in nine categories.
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    The Institute for a Competitive Workforce has taken a snapshot of all 50 states and the District of Columbia comparing the state of K-12 education in nine categories.
  • Some states are still leaving low-income students “behind”
    Our analysis identifies several states that, like Florida, have leveled the field and now offer rich and poor students roughly equal access to high-level courses.
  • Metro schools, Vanderbilt team up to close science gap
    After a decade of focusing on reading, language arts and math — the subjects in which student progress is measured under the No Child Left Behind law — Tennessee is addressing a science gap with millions in federal grant money.
  • Education must adjust to meet needs of every student group
    Traditional classroom education still meets needs of many students. Increasingly, however, other alternatives are called for to help today’s students and families meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, high-tech world. Public education, too, must adapt to these needs with innovation and creative thinking. This calls for public education administrators, teachers and parents who embrace change. It also calls for public support as new methods are adapted and new ideas are experimented with.
  • N.E.A. Shifts Position on Teacher Evaluations
    Catching up to the reality already faced by many of its members, the nation’s largest teachers’ union on Monday affirmed for the first time that evidence of student learning must be considered in the evaluations of school teachers around the country. But blunting the policy’s potential impact, the union also made clear that it continued to oppose the use of existing standardized test scores to judge teachers, a core part of the federally backed teacher evaluation overhauls already under way in at least 15 states.
  • Putting aside the politics of school vouchers
    hroughout the long effort to reauthorize the program, the opposition’s only true criticism was on political grounds: that the existence of the highly successful program, which raises all of the District’s educational boats, is opposed by some very powerful special interests. There rarely was talk about the real heart of the matter: of people flocking to sign up their children. Many of these parents already have seen their lives changed simply by the prospect of receiving a voucher for their child; they know that, for the first time, they have a choice in determining the education that best fits their child.
  • NEA Endorses Obama’s Bid for Second Term
    The nation’s largest teachers union voted Monday to endorse President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid, during a raucous convention that highlighted widespread unhappiness with the president’s education policies. In other business, the delegates approved—after an impassioned debate—a measure that supports using student test scores in teacher evaluations, something the NEA has opposed in the past. But the measure, put forth by the NEA’s board of directors, states that only “scientifically valid and reliable” tests can be used. NEA leaders said during the convention that no such tests currently exist, but hope such assessments will be developed soon.
  • The Year of School Choice
    No fewer than 13 states have enacted school choice legislation in 2011, and 28 states have legislation pending. But choice is essential to driving reform because it erodes the union-dominated monopoly that assigns children to schools based on where they live. The ultimate goal should be to let the money follow the children to whatever school their parents want them to attend.

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