- McCormick: Collective Bargaining Bill In Trouble
Five House Republicans in the House finance committee broke ranks and voted with Democrats 14-11 to kick HB130 back to the Education Committee, where it already passed back in March. Republicans voting with Democrats on the committee included Eldridge, Rep. Scotty Campbell, of Mountain City, Rep. Jim Coley of Bartlett, Rep. Mike Harrison of Rogersville and Rep. Dennis “Coach” Roach of Rutledge.
- In Memphis Merger, Here Comes the Judge
U.S. District Judge Samuel Hardy Mays ordered the Shelby County Schools, Shelby County Commission, Memphis City Schools, Memphis City Council, city of Memphis and state Department of Education to appear today, indicating that he would handle the talks directly after a court-appointed mediator failed to make headway.
- Haslam Comfortable With Ban On Collective Bargaining
Gov. Bill Haslam says he is now leaning toward plans to eliminate collective bargaining for Tennessee teachers, although he still wants to consult members of the state House of Representatives before endorsing the plan.
- Report: 6 Blended Learning Models Emerge
A report released this week identified six emerging models for blended learning in K-12, ranging from guided online instruction in the classroom to “self-blended” models where students take courses a la carte.The report, “The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models,” detailed blended learning programs that illustrate emerging trends in hybrid online and classroom-based instruction.
- Legislation will end union monopoly in education
SB 113 will end the union monopoly on teacher viewpoints. Teachers are valued professionals and should be treated that way. All teachers, not just union activists, should be afforded the opportunity to be heard.
- The Long Reach of Teachers Unions
If you think it’s far-fetched to suggest that a teachers union could play the role of political kingmaker, think again. The largest political campaign spender in America is not a megacorporation, such as Wal-Mart, Microsoft, or ExxonMobil. It isn’t an industry association, like the American Bankers Association or the National Association of Realtors. It’s not even a labor federation, like the AFL-CIO. If you combine the campaign spending of all those entities it does not match the amount spent by the National Education Association