• Unions: Boosting Teacher Morale One Reheated Casserole at a Time
    Apparently, the American Federation of Teachers in Alabama is so tone deaf that it thinks putting the needs of the adult school employees ahead of student needs is good public relations.
  • Who Can Wait?
    Making distinctions at the highest levels of government about what works and doesn’t for kids is like allowing the president to pick the members of Congress, rather than allowing us to make that decision every few years. The education crisis looms large and more must be done to stem the tide of failure we’ve allowed to rise. More must be done — more choices, more changes… more.
  • Forums Focus On Future Of Four Memphis Schools
    FAST FACTS: Public forums held on the future of four Memphis City Schools; State  officials want community input as they decide who will control the four schools; Decision on the future of the schools could be in place by the start of the next school year…
  • Tennessee Achieves still in need of adult mentors
    Bradley County: Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director of tnAchieves, said mentorship opportunities are still open at the county’s three local high schools with the deadline approaching on Friday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m.
  • New School Board Preps For ‘Gargantuan Task’
    Martavius Jones didn’t stumble over his introduction at all Monday, Oct. 5, as seven new members of the new countywide school board took the oath of office. No date has been set for the first meeting of the new countywide school board.
  • New evaluations run off Tennessee teachers
    As part of Tennessee’s $500 million federal Race to the Top grant to make massive public school improvements, the state promised to evaluate teachers more strictly each year. Changing the way teachers are evaluated is part of a national reform intended to prevent bad teachers from sliding through year after year.
  • Teacher Evals May Get Tweaks After a Year: Haslam
    Governor Bill Haslam says the state’s new teacher evaluation system may need some tweaking, but “My point to everybody is let’s don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater now. Let’s live with it for a year. At the end of that point in time, if there need to be adjustments made, you can.”
  • Highlighting the Important Need for Effective Implementation
    One of the most important components in constructing the most useful and well-run school choice programs around the country is implementation—ensuring that, once programs become law, scholarships are granted to the students who need them, monies are spent wisely, and parents are kept aware of all the options at their disposal.
  • LIVE CHAT: Ask the educators Wednesday 4-5 p.m.
    Chat about the new teacher evaluations from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at Tennessean.com. with J.T. Moore principal Jill Pittman and Metro Nashville Education Association President Stephen Henry.
  • How Does Your School District Compare to the International Average? Now You Can Find Out…
    …a way of ranking every school district in the United States against the international average. The idea is simple: 1) find out how each district performs in mathematics compared to the other districts in its state, 2) find out how that state compares to the U.S. national average, 3) find out how the U.S. compares to the international average, and 4) do a few straightforward statistical manipulations to make each of those findings comparable to the others, and then add them together.
  • Despite impressive gains, Hamilton High gets no promise for future
    Rumors have been rampant — and insistent — for more than a year that Hamilton, already co-managed by the state, will be taken over by the state or, at the least, by a charter school company the state selects. While he didn’t dispel the fear, Chris Barbic, superintendent of the new Tennessee Achievement School District, laid out the cards, saying nothing will change unless he has every assurance that it will “dramatically improve” what is going on at Hamilton.
  • Take Action on A-PLUS, H.R.2514
    Call your Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor A-PLUS, H.R.2514, in the US House. The Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act would allow states to opt out of the bureaucracy of No Child Left Behind, giving them greater flexibility to decide what works best for their specific education needs.

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