• Most Students Lack Civics Proficiency on NAEP
    Many high school seniors may be old enough to vote, but just one-quarter of them demonstrate at least a “proficient” level of civics knowledge and skills, based on the latest results from a prominent national exam. The NAEP test in civics contains a blend of multiple-choice and constructed-response questions at each grade level.
  • Squaring the Teacher Salary Circle: It Can Be Done
    …avoid the briar patch of “low pay” unless they understand the enormous costs already absorbed by such system inefficiencies as single salary pay schedules, last-in-first-out (LIFO) hiring rigidities, and, of course, tenure. As a nation which already spends more per pupil on education than any industrialized country, we simply can’t continue to throw good money after bad. No, we should not hold the good reform initiatives like those proposed by Eggers and Calegari hostage to these issues, but we can no longer afford to treat accountability, LIFO, tenure, and pay for performance issues as secondary.
  • Most RCS teachers pleased
    The state released the results of its TELL Tennessee survey Tuesday. The survey — which focused on teaching, empowerment, leading and learning — allowed teachers to anonymously give their opinion on working and learning conditions.
  • Teachers generally satisfied, Tennessee survey finds
    The most far-reaching survey of working conditions in the state’s public schools shows most teachers are fulfilled with their work and sense of mission. Among the findings: Four out of five teachers want to continue teaching in their current schools; 87 percent say administrators support their discipline efforts, but only 52 percent say they receive state test data in time to change instruction. Additionally, 69 percent say class sizes maximize learning.
  • Adam Schaeffer: A Strategic Defeat for Educational Freedom
    In our efforts to expand educational choice across the country, we can’t lose sight of what makes that choice valuable; educational freedom and the diversity of choices it allows to develop. School choice is meaningless if all the choices are the same.
  • Nearly Half of Detroiters Illiterate. Cause Apparently a Mystery
    A study funded by 10 major foundations reported yesterday that 47 percent of Detroiters are functionally illiterate–unable to read a bus schedule, fill out a resume, or make sense of the directions on an aspirin bottle. When I checked back in 2008, Detroit public schools were spending $13,000 / pupil, which was then above the national average.
  • TN teachers union bill stays alive
    Harwell decided Wednesday to reopen the House Education Committee to hear the latest version of a bill that would overturn the 1978 law that gave teachers the power to form unions and negotiate contracts with local school boards. The Education Committee’s chairman, Rep. Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, also agreed to take up the bill.
  • One Step Forward, Two Back
    Nevertheless, Eldridge’s move brought to the fore the question of whether the effort to repeal the 1978 Education Professional Negotiations Act has enough support to pass the House this year.McCormick told reporters Tuesday night he suspects not.
  • Chamber pushes GOP-backed reforms for nation’s schools
    “This is not about school superintendents. This is not about [Education Secretary] Arne Duncan or [former Education Secretary] Margaret Spellings. This is about kids that are getting screwed in the system,” Mr. Donohue said at a news conference at the chamber’s D.C. headquarters.

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