• Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Walker’s Spending Reform Law
    ut by limiting collective bargaining, the Republicans gave local school boards the tools they need to blunt the impact of state budget cuts and meet their basic responsibilities to students. They once again control their own budgets and are free to spend more money on students and less on labor expenses.
  • My Nine ‘Truths’ of Data Analysis
    So, let’s end the talk of AYP and Race to the Top. Let’s talk instead about our moral purpose, which is, as Fullan reminds us, twofold: to increase the achievement of all students and to eliminate learning gaps.
  • Wisonsin Supreme Court Upholds State Law Curtailing Collective Bargaining Powers
    Ruling just a week after hearing oral arguments in the case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned a lower-court ruling that had struck down the law. Though other challenges are foreseen
  • Senate’s voucher plan would boost low-income students
    Because opportunity scholarships may seem new to Tennessee, it is understandable for the Nashville Chamber and Tennessee House to study the issue fully before embracing the bill. However, every state that has implemented opportunity scholarships has seen initial questions replaced with overwhelming, bipartisan popularity. It is time we start putting more concern on whether our children are being educated rather than where they are being educated.
  • True or false? School choice is increasing
    More families than ever are choosing charter schools, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics. The number of students enrolled in charter schools has more than tripled since 2000: from 340,000 then to 1.4 million students in 2008-09.
  • Nashville director Jesse Register prefers July start for school
    Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Director Jesse Register favors a balanced school calendar that would cut summer by two weeks and return students to school in July…The three other calendar options offer start dates of Aug. 1 or Aug. 9 and do not build in 10 teacher training days, additional costs or as much student instruction time.
  • TN teacher evaluation model gains approval
    The coming school year will be the first where every public school teacher in the state gets a mandatory evaluation, one directly tied to gaining, losing or keeping tenure. Starting this school year, teachers and principals will be evaluated with 50 percent based on student achievement. Of that, 35 percent will be the teacher’s value-added score from student achievement tests — or the school’s score for educators in subjects without state exams, such as Spanish or physical education. Fifteen percent will be based on graduation rates, advanced coursework or other school-selected data. The remaining 50 percent of the evaluation is from a minimum of four classroom observations using the state-approved evaluation models.
  • Memphis City Schools officials eye earlier start for classes in future
    As early as 2012, summer break could end in July for students and teachers in several Tennessee cities, including Memphis. On Monday, MCS Deputy Supt. Irving Hamer told the city school board it needs to have a “major conversation” about extending the school year, saying it could be in place as early as the 2012-13 school year.

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