• Without data, you are just another person with an opinion
    What makes Schleicher unique, and influential in the education reform movement, is his belief that data should be central to informing educational decisions, an important link that Tennessee is now making in areas such as teacher compensation and tenure.
  • Outrage: Inner city parents protest NAACP, teachers’ union
    Minority parents in New York have a message for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT): you are hurting our children.
  • Tennessee can expect flat high school graduate growth
    A new report suggests the number of high school graduates in Tennessee will grow by less than 1 percent over the next decade while the demand for workers with a high school education will grow 10.4 percent.
  • Fraud Up and Down Our Educational System
    The question is, if the society spends billions on primary, secondary and higher education, why is so little accomplished? There are many answers to this question, of course, but I would argue the overarching reason is fraud, fraud at every level in order to satisfy political demands.
  • Reading Level of DOE Higher Than DOD?
    So what this essentially means is that the Department of Defense is able to say what it wants to say in more accessible language than the Department of Education.  One would think these would be reversed. When the Pentagon is easier to read than the Department of Education, something is a tad askew.  More than half of the federal agencies keep their “advanced” pages to less than 20 percent of their sites, but DOE has more than 70 percent of its pages set to “advanced levels.”
  • New teachers face tight market with jobs scarce
    The number of openings for teachers has dropped dramatically in the last few years, a reflection of the economy for scores of local education grads hoping to land jobs this summer.
  • The tide is turning against bonuses for teachers with advanced degrees
    Nearly half of American K-12 teachers have a master’s degree or higher, and most receive a bonus ranging between $1,423 and $10,777 per year, according to research conducted at the University of Washington. Many school districts around the nation have been saving big dollars by suspending automatic annual “step” raises altogether. The profitability of the current system will clearly make it difficult to alter. Teachers collect big raises for earning higher degrees, so their unions can be counted on to defend the bonus system. Many universities make a lot of money from teachers taking graduate classes, and they will also use their political clout do defend a crucial stream of revenue. But change does occur.
  • Growing Number of Districts Seek Bold Change With Portfolio Strategy
    CRPE has been studying the development of the portfolio strategy in several cities for the past three years. This interim assessment finds that: Portfolio districts support and oversee school improvement in new ways. Charter schools have become essential parts of district portfolios. Portfolio districts need to do more than just invite innovation: they must actively pursue it. Controversy is common in portfolio districts. Portfolio districts are making progress. Portfolio strategies are hardy and are proving sustainable despite changes in leadership.
  • School Choice Murder-Suicide in Pennsylvania
    The Educational Improvement Tax Credit program is vastly superior to all of the voucher bills. Vouchers are open to credible legal challenges, afford no accountability directly to taxpayers, and government money brings stifling government regulations. Furthermore, giving vouchers only to kids in or around “failing schools” won’t produce a dynamic market because there is an ambiguous, limited, and potentially shifting customer base.
  • States Threaten To Defy ‘No Child Left Behind’
    A rebellion over “No Child Left Behind” has begun, and the starting point is Idaho. Many states say they need emergency relief from the controversial education law’s requirements, or a huge number of decent schools will face sanctions. Idaho says it will just ignore the law this year.

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