• Indoctrination Fridays: California Federation of Teachers Works Unionizing Propaganda into Curriculum
    Socialists realize they don’t need to win political offices to change America. They can do it through education, the arts and the media. Changing culture in general, they know, will be far more damaging to the American experiment and harder to undo than an election. That’s precisely what they’re doing.
  • Can We Use Neuroscience to Create Better Learners?
    Recent developments in the science of neuroplasticity show that fundamental neural capacities that form the building blocks for learning can be significantly improved at any age in our lives. This is a far-reaching and potentially revolutionary conclusion that is contrary to the current beliefs of many teachers, administrators, parents and students, who have historically emphasized curriculum as the key to improved learning.
  • TCAP to factor in Henry County final grades
    Scores on a state mandated test will now count for 15 percent of some county students’ grades, members of the Henry County Board of Education decided during their meeting Thursday. Scores from the TCAP tests will affect the spring semester grades in the subject areas of math, reading/language arts, science and social studies for students in grades 3-8 in the county schools. Students in grades 9-12 currently take end of course (EOC) tests that count as 20 percent of their grade in the last grading period of each year. In the 2010-11 school year, this percentage will increase to 25 percent as required by state policy.
  • Teacher incentive pay plan could be a model
    The Knox County plan can – and should – serve as a model for school systems across the state. Excellence should be rewarded. Investment – through mentoring and training and leadership – should be applauded. And paid appropriately. Teachers who take on tough assignments in tough schools should be justly compensated.
  • Memphis City Schools Loses Control of Four Schools
    The state of Tennessee will co-manage four failing schools for the 2011-2012 school year. According to the Tennessee Department of Education, those schools are Frayser High School, Hamilton High School, Northside High School, and Raleigh-Egypt Middle School. These are half of the schools the state identified as at risk for state take over. Tennessee will also co-manage one school in Hamilton County.
  • Expect More to Get More from Education: Haslam
    Haslam spoke to a conference of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence at the Presbyterian Day School…He noted that the state ranks in the 40s among the 50 states in education. “People ask, ‘How did you wind up in the 40s?’” Haslam said. “We expected far too little.”
  • Restrictions on Tennessee Charter Schools Officially Eased
    The charter school debate did not end Wednesday at Freedom Prep in Memphis, but the stakes were clear. The state is searching for answers in education, and the new law is designed to give charter schools an opportunity to prove they can successfully play an ever larger role in turning Tennessee education around.
  • 40 Memphis City Schools workers lose their jobs; some teachers return
    About 40 managers and clerical workers got pink slips this week as Memphis City Schools continues slimming down, although 12 teachers are back on the payroll after the teachers’ union went to bat for them. All the cuts were approved by the school board in April when district officials said they faced a $100 million shortfall for next year — a combination of rising costs, lower tax collections and tens of millions of dollars in stimulus funds that expire June 30. Twelve other teachers with less seniority — all high school vocational instructors — got layoff notices this week instead.
  • Chartered Into Unions
    For urban families, big-city mayors, centrist Democrats and young African-Americans more-concerned with improving economic conditions than with union loyalties, charter schools are the preferred alternatives to those dropout factories and failure mills. The presence of charters have also begun to exacerbate the AFT’s internal split between its declining number of Baby Boomer members — who want to preserve their privileges — and younger rank-and-file counterparts, who, like many charter school teachers, embrace the use of standardized testing in evaluating performance and welcome the possible abolition of tenure.

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