- Andrew Rotherham: Can Education Be ‘Moneyball’-ed?
In other words, better metrics won’t relieve managers of the need to manage in the education world any more than they will on the baseball field. And data tools aren’t very useful if people don’t have the training and know-how to wield them. Figuring out how to balance number crunching and professional judgment is the hard work ahead for states and cities trying to develop new teacher evaluation systems and better ways of using data to hold schools accountable and improve them. The ultimate goal is a system that is genuinely customized and differentiated for students. But to get there, the education world needs to learn to hit singles before we can expect to hit a home run.
- Suburban school board members want personal legal fees paid from merger fight
Five suburban school board members want $112,093.36 to cover attorney fees for their involvement in the school-consolidation litigation, though their filing this week in federal court does not specify who should pay.
- For 33 city schools teachers, it’s a shock to learn they’re losing jobs
Memphis City Schools let go of 33 teachers Thursday, casualties of a union-based seniority contract. Human Resources Director Cerita Butler said the cuts were based on enrollment drops recorded on Sept. 6, the 20th day of school, more than five weeks ago. Teachers are put on the surplus list when enrollment in their school dips. By union rules, they have first crack at other jobs in the district, based on their seniority and certification.
- Tennessee Redirected to Official Path for NCLB Waiver
Tennessee was the first state that turned to the federal government and asked for leniency under No Child Left Behind. Now that the Department of Education has created a formal process, Tennessee will have to start over with its request.
- TN Senator Brian Kelsey Proposes Private Tuition Vouchers
For some low income families in Memphis, there has never really been a choice for where their kids get an education. Many end up in failing public schools. But a new bill presented by State Senator Brian Kelsey aims to make it possible for those kids to go to private schools and have the state pick up the tab.
- A Fiery School Choice Champion Reminds Us and Others Why We Fight
Watch a video below of Christie on a New Jersey radio show earlier this month, where the governor articulates so strongly why it’s so important to try alternatives to the education status quo. The caller on the show uses a routine argument—that the problem isn’t the schools, but instead issues for kids at home. And you know what? The caller is right about part of that equation, and Christie concedes as much.
- Why I Started ChoiceMedia.TV
Nearly a year ago, I noted how 2010 had been “a very bad year” for defenders of the education status quo, or as I may have called them, “antediluvian, retrograde, establishment-defending hacks.”
- NCLB – a choice for parents and a chance for student achievement
The New Consortium of Law and Business School (NCLB)was founded by Tommie Henderson in 2009 and opened its first class at its state-of-the art facility in downtown Memphis. This year, the NCLB opened its second location in Bartlett, and it will mimic the downtown location in design and function. During its first academic year, NCLB student test scores improved by 23 percent. And the school’s culture, which, among other things, treats each student like a successful member of the business community, is credited with helping the students buy into the premium put on discipline. NCLB is still accepting students for 2011-12 and has a few slots available for students in the 7th and 8th grade at the downtown location and 7th graders in Bartlett.