• Maybe Parents Aren’t Dopes
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) open-enrollment initiative, which launched in 2001, yielded surprisingly substantial long-term gains for the participating students. They were able to track the results for nearly 20,000 students after high school graduation, and reported that students who won the lottery to attend a school outside their own neighborhood were more likely “to graduate from high school, attend a four-year college, and earn a bachelor’s degree. They are twice as likely to earn a degree from an elite university.” The researchers found no evidence of “cream skimming,” and noted that lottery winners closed nearly a quarter of the black-white difference in college completion.
  • Parents, community leaders oppose school closings
    Ellison was among the 200 people who attended a community forum on Thursday night at Fulton High School to hear, comment and ask questions on five options on the table to address an estimated $7 million budget gap in next year’s Knox County Schools budget. The five options include:
  • Schools transition commission shares hopes, fears about merger
    The commission meets again Thursday at 4:30 at the Shelby County Code Enforcement offices on Mullins Station Road. The transition commission website can be accessed at 1.usa.gov/TCsite. For additional CA coverage of education and the merger, go to bit.ly/SchoolsInTransition.
  • KIPP Charter School Raises the Bar
    Memphis: KIPP has a middle school and just started a high school. Tuesday, the school board approved applications for two new schools.
  • School board postpones vote to rezone Normal Park
    A standing-room only crowd of Hill City residents packed the Hamilton County Schools board room Thursday night, hoping board members would make good on a 2007 commitment to expand the zone for Normal Park Museum Magnet School to the neighborhood around Bell and Spears avenues. But the group will have to wait another week, as the board voted to postpone the vote until a specially called session Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.
  • Yennie floats 6-12 STEM school for Sullivan North
    Sullivan North High School starting in 2013-14 would become a grades 6-12 STEM school under a scenario Director of Schools Jubal Yennie floated to the Sullivan County Board of Education at a retreat Wednesday night.
  • Herenton vows to continue fight after charter school application
    Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton was denied Tuesday in his plan to open seven news charter schools, but vowed the fight isn’t over yet.
  • Andrew Rotherham: The Government’s Ignoring the Achievement Gap
    Ah, the achievement gap. So much trouble to fix, so why bother trying? That seems to be the attitude in Washington, where pundits have spent the last several months ripping the current focus on improving the low end of student performance in our nation’s schools.
  • Public to discuss proposed closings of 3 Memphis elementary schools
    Parents will have a chance to speak their minds, but the movement is on to close three city schools. Two public hearings regarding the closings of Graceland, Lakeview and Georgia Avenue elementary schools will be held in each area, starting in early November and running through mid-February. The board’s decision is expected in late February or March.
  • The Future of Teachers: It Means Accepting Parent Power
    Parent Power is part of the future of teaching in American public education. It should have always been a part of it. And everyone who works in schools must adapt to these changes — or be left behind in the ashbin of education history.
  • Teachers poll set on conference process
    Rutherford County Schools officials and teachers representing professional organizations have reached an agreement on how to proceed with the state’s new collaborative conferencing process.
  • School Board Takes Steps Back, Forward
    The two public school systems in Shelby County used the same team to evaluate charter school applications this week in the first joint proposal the Memphis City and Shelby County School systems have brought to the board for approval. But the small move toward a full consolidation that is to come in August 2013 was countered Tuesday, Oct. 25, by a half-hour debate over setting the agenda for the first regular business meeting since the countywide school board took office Oct. 3 and approving the minutes of meetings of the once separate schools boards before October. And the board then spent another half hour debating what it should call itself.

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