• Schools go home through eLearning
    Students in Bedford and surrounding counties have a new educational option — online courses offered by the Bedford County Board of Education in their eLearning program. The county has made use of eLearning for six years now, with classes mostly offered to homebound students, those at risk of dropping out and for classroom credit recovery.
  • University of Chicago Consortium on School Research study
    Chicago has tried cutting-edge school reform after reform. In the 1990s, Paul Vallas ended social promotion and championed high-stakes standardized tests to hold schools accountable. His successor, Arne Duncan, shuttered failing schools and boldly vowed to create 100 new schools in a decade. Educators revamped reading and math curriculum. Chicago gained a national reputation for being on the cutting edge of urban school improvement. Duncan runs the federal Department of Education today. But are those reforms really working?
  • Consortium on Chicago School Research: Trends in Chicago’s Schools Across Three Eras of Reform
    After a series of reform efforts begun in the 1990s and led by former Chicago school chiefs Paul Vallas and Arne Duncan, the city’s public schools are still in the pits, according to a new study conducted by the University of Chicago. The takeaway? The days of piecemeal reform are over.
  • Governor Unveils Comprehensive Education Plan
    Harrisburg, PA. — Acting on his commitment when he was elected Governor of the state of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett today announced a major education package that promises greater flexibility for parents and teachers in the education of the state’s children, and accountability at all levels for substantially greater results. Under the proposed initiatives, students…
  • Charter school parents more satisfied with quality of their kids’ education
    NEW ORLEANS — A national think tank’s latest study of post-Hurricane Katrina public education in New Orleans says parents of students at independently run charter public schools are more satisfied with the quality of education, safety and discipline at those schools than parents of students at more traditional schools, even though the two types of schools operate similarly in many ways. The RAND Corp. study said its findings were based on surveys of parents, teachers and principals taken in 2008 and 2009. While those surveys show relatively few differences in the way charters and traditional schools operate, parents of charter students were not only more satisfied overall, they reported having a greater sense of choice.
  • Memphis Businessman Elected New Unified School Board Chairman
    FAST FACTS: Billy Orgel was elected the new chairman of the unified Shelby County school board; Dr. Jeff Warren is the new vice chairman
    Future meetings will be the last Tuesday of every month at 5:30p.m.
  • Anderson program offered for students uneasy in typical classrooms
    Students in Anderson County’s 21st Century Workplace Program don’t attend school, educators say. Instead, the students go to what’s called the office, clock in, quietly work at their own pace in their own cubicles, and even eat lunches there. The innovative program is located in a classroom in one corner of the Anderson County Career and Technical Center next to Anderson County High. It removes participants from the mainstream classroom atmosphere they dislike for varying reasons while providing frequent one-on-one interaction with teachers.
  • When Your No Child Revamp Gets the NEA’s Backing…
    Then it’s probably a really bad idea. Which is what U.S. Sen. (and onetime school reformer) Lamar Alexander should admit to himself this after the nation’s largest teachers’ union tacitly endorsed his plan to dismantle the No Child Left Behind Act and its Adequate Yearly Progress accountability provisions. Why would the NEA, which has endorsed President Barack Obama in spite of sparring with the administration over its school reform plans, even back the Alexander plan? Because the plan achieves their goal of stemming the advance of school reform.
  • Rutherford principals to testify about teacher eval concerns
    The state House Education Committee is set to hold early November hearings on Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation process amid concerns it’s a time-consuming, bureaucratic nightmare. State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, said Monday the hearings are scheduled Nov. 1-2 at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza…
  • Memphis businessman Billy Orgel elected chairman of Shelby County unified school board
    The new unified Shelby County Board of Education chose as its first chairman a Memphis entrepreneur best known for running a company that has become among the most successful independently owned cellphone-tower companies in the nation. As one of the suburban board members who voted for William E. “Billy” Orgel pointed out Monday night, the chairman will need “a lot of bandwidth” to manage a 23-member board tasked with governing Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools over the next two school years and bringing them together for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Hamilton County launches STEM information website
    In an effort to spark community dialogue around their quest to being a STEM School to the Chattanooga area, the Hamilton County Department of Education quietly unveiled a new website Monday. The website, SETennesseeStem.com, exists to inform the public of why the system is actively pursuing close to $2 million in funds provided by the state for the establishment of at least two East or West Tennessee STEM Hubs and Platform Schools. Along with calendar dates and links to appropriate documents, the website emphasizes the school system’s desire for dialogue by consistently encouraging visitors to leave comments.
  • 4 States Pilot Excellence for All Model Nationwide
    High schools in Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky and Mississippi are participating in a national pilot program that could result in basic changes in high school structure, curriculum, and testing throughout the country. Students in the pilot high schools will be using the best high school curriculums in the world available in the United States. Excellence for All has been designed not just to bring superior curriculum, teaching and assessments to American high schools, but also to make basic changes to the structure of our high schools. Students who pass their exams will also be able to leave their high schools as early as the end of their sophomore year and go directly to their local community college, having received a special proficiency-based diploma from their state.
  • Harkin has blueprint for education reform ready
    After months of delay, Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, is expected to release his blueprint for education reform on Tuesday, following the White House, Senate Republicans and the HouseGOP, in laying his cards on the table in the debate over what should replace the decade-old No Child Left Behind law. Details of Mr. Harkin’s proposal remain under wraps, but the committee is scheduled to unveil the full bill Tuesday afternoon.

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