• Collective Bargaining and Competitive Costs: The Case of WEA Trust
    Everyone knows that competition keeps prices down. However, collective bargaining eliminates competition, and downward pressure on costs, by giving government unions a monopoly. It forces voters’ elected representatives to employ workers on terms the union accepts. With collective bargaining the government cannot shop around to get taxpayers a better deal. Unsurprisingly, giving government unions this monopoly tends to make government more expensive.
  • Race to the Top Anniversary Is No Cause for Celebration
    Common standards might sound sensible — suggesting a certain nationwide understanding of what constitutes an effective education — but they belie the truth that not all kids are alike. And because common standards almost necessarily lead to common assessments and common curricula, they also constrain teachers and parents, who surrender their educational say to distant, unelected bureaucrats.
  • Teachers union silences dissent
    Unless the Legislature acts, union contracts will continue to silence dissent, and TEA will, as Fisher put it, use teachers as “political pawns to put forth (the union) agenda.”
  • Rural Tennessee Students Make Great Strides in Writing and Reading-Comprehension Skills With Web-Based Tool
    his year, with full implementation of WriteToLearn at Lexington High, the school is on track to earn 5 out of 6 possible points overall on the state writing assessment – a marked improvement from the “3” it scored three years ago.
  • House Collective Bargaining Bill Clears Education Committee
    Johnson, the secretary of the Senate Republican Caucus, said short of keeping existing collective bargaining mandates in place, he’s open to adding language necessary to comfort GOP fence-sitters in the House. He said he’s particularly interested in working out compromise language that stresses the importance of local school boards seeking teacher input on whatever matter they are considering.
  • Lawsuits heat up in Memphis-Shelby County schools squabble
    A status hearing on Shelby County Schools’ lawsuit that names 10 defendants and challenges the merger has been set for 11 a.m. Thursday before U.S. Dist. Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr.
  • End to teacher tenure essential to school reform
    Obviously, removing tenure would make it easier to remove ineffective teachers. Who knows how many of these there are in any school system, but at least 5 percent to 10 percent is a reasonable figure. What is less well understood is that the removal of teacher tenure would also give principals and superintendents more leverage in building effective professional development programs to make remaining teachers more effective.
  • Online learning is the future of education
    What she found was that the internet is the “future of education” and that rural educators and students need comparable technology to urban areas so they don’t get left behind.
  • Committee OKs bill to limit teachers’ collective bargaining
    The committee voted 12-6 for the so-called compromise version of the proposal that still allows the Tennessee Education Association to negotiate with school boards on base pay and benefits, but not on performance pay plans or personnel decisions such as school assignments, transfers and layoffs.
  • Haslam’s pay increase plan could alter Metro schools budget
    That reality means a net loss of 430 school positions, among other programs and items, for next year, a projected 80 to 100 that are classroom teaching positions. The figures, which are still preliminary, take into account a gain of 128.5 positions outlined in the local budget. Special education workers and instructional coaches are among the hardest hit.

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