- Spread the word about National School Choice Week
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- Gwen Samuel on Ending Zip Code Education
As we all know, school districts have now resorted to arresting parents, the primary caregivers of their children, for the “theft of a free education” because they are willing to do all that they can — even place their kids in districts outside of their own cities — to help them get the best education possible, and in the case of homeless families, just to make sure that their kids stay in school. We need to aggressively transform how we fund education.
- School boards oppose slate of bills; want more local control
Tennessee’s school board members are opposing a slate of bills they say erode the authority voters gave them. At a statewide meeting this month, a delegation voted to oppose a bill that would allow parents to use public funding toward private school tuition. They also don’t want superintendents to be elected rather than hired by school boards or for the state to dictate the start of the school calendar.
- 113-year-old lawsuit could be key as possible battle over school buildings looms
“A school district doesn’t own a building the way you own a house. They own it as a trustee for public education,” said Mike Marshall, an attorney with Evans & Petree, a firm that Memphis City Schools uses. But Marshall pointed out that he doesn’t know how ownership of school buildings will be handled if municipalities form new school districts. The buildings could be viewed differently than a straight annexation case.
- Washington’s No Child Left Behind Overhaul Still Fails Students
What’s better for the nation’s education system: federal overreach or more federal overreach? That’s the question some Senators seem to be asking as they attempt to push forward a ninth reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind.
- End No Child Left Behind, Support School Choice in Tennessee
Tennessee has formally applied for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law. We strongly support Tennessee’s schools being focused on meeting the expectation of local tax payers and families than those of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. We believe NCLB should be abolished.
- Teacher unions take out ad against HOPE Academy
The HOPE Academy is once again running into opposition in Blount County. The group wants to build Blount County’s first-ever charter school, but the Alcoa, Maryville, and Blount County Education Associations are against the plan. “The ad purchased by the teacher’s union in The Daily Times about charter schools is full of misleading and erroneous information,” she said. “Charter schools are public schools regulated by the state of Tennessee. They are designed to be in the best interest of students and available to every school district in the state.”
- Tennessee hopes charters’ success can be converted to underperforming Memphis schools
With its results and the backing of a wealthy philanthropist, upstart Cornerstone Prep will go from 65 students to 150 next year, putting it in line for up to $1 million in federal funds for being a nonprofit willing to take over failing public schools in the Achievement School District. The district is the state’s novel approach to improve poor schools by grouping them together and delivering new treatments. ASD Supt. Chris Barbic says the charter-conversion strategy “won’t save the world,” but he’s hoping to create “some examples of what great schools look like. Hopefully, they will extend out to the district.”
- Some schools to ban student teachers over evaluation system concerns
Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system has prompted some school districts to ban student teachers from working in core high school subjects, college education officials say.
- Teacher Evaluation May Be the Key to Teacher Quality
Over the last year, Tennessee has begun to look like a state that could realistically set the standard for the rest of the country. Last year the state passed bold, bipartisan legislation, the First to the Top Act, to create a rigorous teacher and principal evaluation system. The move was backed by unions, the business community and a wide range of education stakeholders alike.