• Charter schools future in East Tennessee
    As part of his statewide push to emphasize education in Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam is proposing to lift the cap on the number of charter schools in the state.Currently there are 29 in Tennessee, but the closest to Knoxville is in Chattanooga. The majority are in Middle and West Tennessee.
  • Education Programs Assail ‘U.S. News’ Survey
    Amid criticism from education reform advocates who say many teacher preparation programs provide poor training, a national organization is conducting a review of more than 1,000 programs to help aspiring teachers choose from the best. This consumer guide for prospective teachers — conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality — will be published in U.S. News and World Report next year.But many schools of education say the effort is misguided, and they are threatening to scuttle the project.
  • Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Local Education Agencies From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009-10
    This First Look, Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Local Education Agencies From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10, presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary local education agencies in the United States and the territories in the 2009-10 school year. Findings include: There were 17,807 operating local education agencies in the 2009-10 school year, and among those agencies, 13,629 were regular school districts. Twenty-six of the 13,629 active regular school districts enrolled 100,000 or more students. Approximately 877,000 students enrolled in the 2,236 independent charter agencies, districts in which all schools were charter schools.
  • No National Curriculum, Thanks – Bill Murchison
    The idea of a “common curriculum” is one of those notions we fall into occasionally, supposing that what sounds good and feels good must somehow or other be really, really good. We identify “good,” we decree it and that should be it.
  • The ‘Education’ Mantra – Thomas Sowell
    Too many of the people coming out of even our most prestigious academic institutions graduate with neither the skills to be economically productive nor the intellectual development to make them discerning citizens and voters. We don’t need more government “investment” to produce more of such “education.” Lofty words like “investment” should not blind us to the ugly reality of political porkbarrel spending.
  • Stimulus Pays Off With Obama Teachers Union Endorsement – Kyle Olson – Townhall Conservative
    “The National Education Association’s decision on Friday to begin the formal process of endorsing President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign may be the most vivid demonstration to date of the political benefits of the stimulus package passed by the president.” As we’ve seen over and over again, government education dollars are for the teachers and their unions, not the kids who are supposed to be learning.
  • The solution to every issue is not always money
    I read with great interest the column by the Board of Education Chairman, Keys Fillauer, on the Oak Ridge schools’ budget. In fact, he made a compelling case for increasing the school budget and hence property taxes for residents of Oak Ridge. However, if you are asking the taxpayers to accept additional taxes, the chairman’s argument must reflect all of the facts.
  • Five Tennessee schools get special oversight
    State education officials, starting in the 2011-12 academic year, will co-manage five of Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools to try to turn them around.The schools – Frayser High, Hamilton High, Northside High and Raleigh Egypt Middle schools in Memphis and Howard School Of Academics Technology in Hamilton County – are part of the state’s new Achievement School District. They’ll be run as their own school system. This is the least stringent way for the state to take over schools.
  • New charter school Drexel Preparatory hosts open house Sunday
    An open house at Drexel Preparatory Academy on Sunday will give parents a chance to check out the latest charter school to open in Nashville.From 2 to 5 p.m. at the school, 4481 Jackson Road in Whites Creek, teachers and staff will be on hand and tours of the building and grounds will be offered.Drexel Preparatory Academy will use a learning approach called Renzulli Profiler, which focuses on life skills and goal setting.There are limited slots in the K-4 school, and early enrollment is encouraged.Applications are available at www.DrexelPreparatoryAcademy.org, or parents may call 246-3898.
  • Texan appointed to oversee lowest performing schools in Tennessee, including 4 in Memphis
    A Texas charter school founder who received $1 million from Oprah Winfrey last fall to expand the network is taking on Tennessee’s lowest performing schools, including four in Memphis. Barbic, 40, will be paid $215,000 per year, from the $501 million in federal Race to the Top funds the state received last year to categorically improve K-12 public schools. He starts Aug. 1. The funding period expires in the 2013-14 school year.

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