• Union Apologist: ‘Moral Obligation’ Not To Terminate Teachers’ Livelihood
    See, so if you believe a quality, effective teacher should be in front of every child in America, your priorities are all screwed up, according to Ravitch.Never mind the documented harm that occurs to children who receive substandard classroom instruction. Never mind the money and time squandered on individuals who are simply not cut out to be educators. We have a moral obligation to look out for the adults and “someone’s livelihood.” Where is your moral obligation to speak out for the interests of families and children? You seem to believe that schools exist for the well-being of the adults who staff them. That sort of mentality is the reason public education is suffering in America.
  • A Formula for Strong and Effective Teacher Evaluations
    The goal of reforming teacher evaluations is not to demonize ineffective teachers but to support and empower great teachers. Reflective educators want to be held accountable for improving student outcomes. We all must work together to develop policies for teacher evaluation that elevate the profession and value a teacher’s impact on students.
  • Proposal to mandate later start dates for schools tabled
    Facing a long list of counties wanting to opt out of state-mandated later start dates for Tennessee schools, state Sen. Tim Barnes has withdrawn the bill for this legislative session. The idea of a later start has a lot of support from families and businessmen. However, dozens of school districts have objected to the move, citing the need to prepare for the TCAP.
  • Alcoa cool to charter school plan
    A group of Blount County residents who hope to open the state’s first suburban charter school may be facing an uphill battle with little support from elected school officials. Items must be placed on the agenda at least seven days prior to a scheduled meeting, Marsh said.
    Currently, most school board members aren’t in favor of authorizing the charter school. Marsh and Charles Cameron also said they don’t favor charter schools. Vice Chairman Johnelle Jackson was not available for comment.
  • News from The Associated Press
    The long-awaited overhaul of the 9-year-old No Child Left Behind law has begun in the House with the first in a series of targeted bills, but a bipartisan, comprehensive reform of the nation’s most important education law still appears far from the finish line.Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, said there’s no chance of meeting President Barack Obama’s August deadline.

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