• Education secretary, Haslam in Knox forum
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Gov. Bill Haslam will participate in a forum on education reform at 2 p.m. Monday at Knoxville’s West High School, a spokesman for the governor said Thursday. Haslam and Duncan will be on a panel with state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and state Sen. Jamie Woodson, who is president of State Collaborative on Reforming Education, a group founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to promote education improvements. Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre will serve as moderator of the panel discussion, according to David Smith, Haslam’s press secretary.
  • Charter schools ask for clearer auditions in Nashville
    Last year, Metro Nashville school board members voted against giving Drexel a charter, following a committee’s recommendation. The state asked Metro to reconsider after Drexel filed an appeal, and the school got its charter. That experience and similar ones are prompting an outside review into whether the district’s process for approving charter schools is fair.
  • The NAACP’s mystifying decision to side with a union over students
    What’s not clear is why the NAACP would join an effort to keep open schools that have failed miserably. Considering that it is mostly minority students who are affected, the NAACP’s action is almost incomprehensible. NAACP officials told us charter schools only serve a tiny number of students and that they are fighting for equality for all students.
  • Cash Rewards For Failing Schools, the Lawsuit Way
    Typically, successful litigation of this sort transfers control over an important issue like school funding from branches of government that are accountable to taxpayers and voters to a cluster of private litigators, expert witnesses, special masters, consultants, law professors, backers in liberal foundations, and so forth.
  • Curricula with an Agenda? It Ain’t Just Big Coal
    In light of the huge question marks that exist in almost all subjects that schools address, the best education system is the one that is most decentralized, in which ideas can compete rather than having one (very likely flawed) conclusion imposed as orthodoxy.
  • Memphis 3rd-graders will be exempt from failing and being held back
    New state legislation that ends the decades-long practice of socially promoting third-graders won’t have much impact in Memphis. The measure requires Tennessee third-graders to show basic understanding of curriculum through standardized test scores or daily grades before passing to the fourth grade. But Memphis City Schools’ administrators expect no change because the legislation banning social promotion exempts districts with research-based summer “interventions.”
  • An Explanation of Collaborative Conferencing
    Professional Educators of Tennessee provide more insight into Collaborative Conferencing
  • U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Knoxville forum on education reform
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Gov. Bill Haslam will participate in a forum on education reform at 2 p.m. Monday at Knoxville’s West High School, a spokesman for the governor said today. More details as they develop…

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