• State board set to hold charter school hearing today
    The state Board of Education will hold a public hearing today to review the Blount County Board of Education’s decision to deny HOPE Academy’s application. After nearly six months of discussions between Innovation Education Partnership Inc. and the local board, the fate of Tennessee’s first suburban charter school will rest with the state board.
  • In Tennessee’s virtual schools, everything is homework
    “Just like it’s not for every student, it’s not for every teacher,” said Barbra Thoeming, coordinator for Metro’s virtual school. “They have to have a high level of involvement — which may sound odd because you don’t see your students that often.” The determination, self-motivation and pacing that virtual students need can serve them well in the employment world, Dockery said. But not all have it.
  • Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2009–10
    According to a new NCES report, during the 2009-10 school year, 55 percent of school districts reported having students enrolled in distance education courses. Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2009–10, a First Look from the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), provides national data about enrollment in distance education courses, how districts monitor these courses, the motivations for providing distance education, and the technologies used for delivering distance education. Other findings include:
    • Of the 55 percent of school districts reported having students enrolled in distance education courses, 96 percent of districts reported having students enrolled in distance education courses at the high school level, 19 percent at the middle or junior high school level, 6 percent at the elementary school level, and 4 percent in combined or ungraded schools.
    • Districts reported an estimated 1.8 million enrollments in distance education courses for 2009–10. Seventy-four percent of the distance education enrollments were in high schools, 9 percent were in middle or junior high schools, and 4 percent were in elementary schools.
    • Twenty-two percent of districts with students enrolled in distance education courses reported that students enrolled in regular high school programs could take a full course load in an academic term using only distance education courses, while 12 percent reported that students could fulfill all high school graduation requirements using only distance education courses.
  • Rice makes plea for education in America
    She argued that providing adequate public education only to those who can afford to pay to live in a good school district would awaken a sense of “class warfare like we’ve never seen before.” “When I look out there and I see that I can look at your zip code and tell whether or not you’re gonna get a good education, that’s gonna go right to the core of who we are as Americans,” she said.

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