- Vouchers work, but so what?
As Forster puts it: “Existing school choice programs don’t provide enough students, dollars, and freedom to sustain new schools and allow a robust education market to emerge. Only universal vouchers can break the education monopoly and produce the dramatic improvements we need.”
- School board pays dues to group lobbying for collective bargaining bill
The Sumner County Board of Education spends approximately $9,000 each year in taxpayer money for membership in the Tennessee School Boards Association, a group that has worked to end collective bargaining rights for Tennessee teachers. TSBA operates as a training organization for school boards, but also conceded that they also serve to lobby for boards as well.
- SCORE Releases State Of Education Report
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) released its annual State of Education in Tennessee report on Thursday.
- Sumner school board ordered to resume talks with education association
A chancery court judge has ordered the Sumner County Board of Education to resume good faith negotiations with the Sumner County Education Association.
- House passes bill making it tougher for teachers to get tenure
The state House today voted 64-32 on Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal that would make it more difficult for teachers to achieve and maintain tenure.The bill now returns to the Senate, which previously passed it, for changes.
- Less Perfect Unions
Teachers’ unions, in fact, benefit from a third level of monopoly: parents are legally compelled to send their children to school. And most parents have no affordable alternative but to send their sons and daughters to the government school that they have been taxed to support—partly because they have been taxed to support it. After paying taxes, few families have the income left for private-school fees.
- Teachers won’t be harmed by bargaining reforms
The proposed measures simply remove the authority of the union to be the sole voice at the negotiating table for teachers. Each and every teacher will be empowered to negotiate merit pay for the excellent performance he or she has made in the classroom.Already, 46 school systems in Tennessee do not collectively bargain through unions. These school systems use collaborative bargaining where the teacher association representatives and others sit down with the school board to negotiate. Additionally, teachers in those school systems have the ability to directly negotiate their contracts while continuing their ability to remain in an association and attend board meetings.
- Nashville hopes magnet schools will improve diversity
Metro is ending the business magnet and installing one next year it believes will attract more students from across the county — an entertainment program in which students can learn to be videographers, sound engineers and sports commentators.
- Suburban Parents Blocked In Try For Charter Schools
Charter schools may be multiplying fast across the country, but they’re stalled in affluent, high-performing suburban school systems. Of the 5,300 charter schools in the U.S., only one-fifth are in suburbs.Suburban parents are frustrated by what they see as arbitrary policies to keep charter schools from spreading and are fighting back.
- Vote for Non-Union, Single-Sex Classrooms
Researchers at Stetson University in Florida completed a three-year pilot project comparing the single-sex classrooms with co-ed classrooms at a particular elementary school. Students in the fourth grade were assigned to either single-sex or co-ed classrooms. All other relevant parameters (class size, teacher training, etc.) were matched. Here’s how it came out: Boys in co-ed classes: 37% scored “proficient.” Boys in single sex classes: 86% scored “proficient” Girls in co-ed classes: 59% scored “proficient” Girls in single-sex classes: 75% scored “proficient”