- America’s biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta
The report on the Atlanta Public Schools, released Tuesday, indicates a “widespread” conspiracy by teachers, principals and administrators to fix answers on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), punish whistle-blowers, and hide improprieties. It’s also a tacit indictment, critics say, of politicians putting all bets for improving education onto high-stakes tests that punish and reward students, teachers, and principals for test scores.
- Atl. cheating scandal renews school reform debate
The Atlanta public schools are embroiled in a massive cheating scandal. It’s a situation that’s rippling far beyond the city’s borders, because the alleged cheating involved the same sort of standardized tests used all over the country. “When educators have failed to uphold the public trust and students are harmed in the process there will be consequences,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Most surprising is that it’s not students who are accused, but 178 principals and teachers.
- Civil rights survey: 3,000 US high schools don’t have math beyond Algebra I
3,000 high schools, math classes don’t go higher than Algebra I, and in 7,300 schools, students had no access to calculus. Schools serving mostly African-American students are twice as likely to have inexperienced teachers as are schools serving mostly whites in the same district. “These data paint a portrait of a sad truth in America’s schools,” she said, “that the promise of fundamental fairness hasn’t reached whole groups of students that will need the opportunity to succeed, to get out of poverty, to ensure their dreams come true, and indeed to ensure our country’s prosperity.”
- SCORE- Southeast Regional Rural Education Summit
Rural school districts and parents face unique challenges – from lack of access to rigorous coursework to limited alternatives to failing schools. Above all, in our rural communities that could benefit the most, there is a lack of awareness about the crucial connection between educational attainment and economic growth. To address these challenges, SCORE is hosting the Southeast Regional Rural Education Summit on July 19-20. Registration ends for the event on July 11.
- Chris Christie – Loathing New Jersey Education Association’s Tax Lien Troubles
An investigation into New Jersey’s largest teachers union finds that the Internal Revenue Service has an outstanding lien against the New Jersey Education Association for $56,730.31 in back taxes. The NJEA has a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach to paying taxes.
- Institute for Justice Will Defend Indiana’s New School Choice Program Against Legal Attack
Today, the Institute for Justice, the nation’s leading legal advocate for school choice, announced that it will defend Indiana’s new Choice Scholarship Program from the lawsuit filed against it by a group of taxpayers represented by the National Education Association.
- Education Notebook: 2011 “The Year of School Choice”
In the Land of the Free, it is encouraging to see states taking steps to ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive the best education possible. Empowering parents with greater freedom to choose the course of their children’s education is crucial not only to give students the hope for a bright future but to secure a strong and prosperous future for America.
- NEA Summer School
On Monday, an assembly in Chicago representing the 3.2 million-member teachers union voted for a policy statement that student scores on standardized tests could be a “limited” part of a broader set of teacher performance indicators. So far, no existing student test appears to meet the NEA’s standards as an appropriate indicator. The union also voted to give failing teachers one year, instead of the usual two, to shape up.
- John Lott’s Website: WSJ: “The Year of School Choice”
Tennessee removed the limit on charter schools, but it means nothing since none of the state’s school districts are even close to the limit and the vast majority have almost no charter schools. The problem is that the teacher unions control the school districts and the districts determine whether there are any charter schools. The law should have instead concentrated on making easier for charter schools to get approved. As it is, the law accomplishes nothing really.