• Chicago Program Aims to Create More Black and Hispanic Teachers
    The gap between the number of minority teachers in Chicago’s public schools and minority student enrollment has widened over the last decade, but one school is working to change that by preparing the next generation of teachers. At Wells Community Academy High School, where the racial breakdown of students is almost evenly split between African-Americans and Hispanics, more than 60 students are participating in a teacher training program that gets them to the front of the classroom years before most aspiring teachers.
  • Suburban schools fall short globally
    Suburban school districts may be performing much better than their urban neighbors, but they are barely keeping pace with student achievement in other developed countries. This surprising discovery of sub-par outcomes in many affluent suburbs came to light as part of a large project we recently completed, called the Global Report Card.
  • Democrats for Education Reform Statement of Principles on Teacher Quality and Effectiveness
    Education Reform Coalition Releases Statement of Principles on Teacher Quality and Effectiveness as Key Elements in the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. “We believe strongly that when ESEA is reauthorized it must compel states to create and implement more specific and finely tuned measures directed at improving the quality and effectiveness of teachers and principals and ensuring the equitable distribution of effective teachers across all schools, including those with high proportions of low-income and minority students…”
    A recent article on Tennessean.com tells us that many public school teachers, and some administrators, are leaving their jobs due to the state’s new teacher evaluation policy. After reading the article three times, we’re trying to figure out what the problem is.
  • Milwaukee Union President Weeps for Lost Power
    Peterson also told his unionist listeners, “We have to teach our children.” He went on: “If teacher unions want to be strong and well supported, it is essential that they not only be teacher unionists, but teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of students who support teachers and the movement for workers rights, oppressed peoples’ rights. That’s our responsibility.” So Peterson thinks more teachers should devote precious class time to indoctrinating students so they will one day defend the teachers unions. We need teachers who are committed to academics, instead of spreading their radical political beliefs to naïve children.
  • Video: Re-zoning, student performance keys in ‘State of the Schools’
    CHATTANOOGA-Speaking to theHamilton County Council of PTAs, Superintendent Smith identified severalproblems in need of immediate attention.  At the top of his list, how tobring lower performing schools up to the level of schools in more affluentcommunities.
  • Achievement School District Talk Faces Tough Crowd
    Teachers at Northside High School heard one thing Wednesday, Oct. 5, from the head of the state’s Achievement School District: Northside could become a charter school. It was one part of what ASD superintendent Chris Barbic told an audience of more than 200 teachers, parents and students in the school’s library. The rest included that the state’s role as co-manager of the achievement school district doesn’t mean it controls the four low-performing schools, including Northside, in the ASD.
  • White House promises, then retracts, 400,000 teachers
    The 400,000 number is included in a Tuesday White House report titled “Teacher Jobs at Risk.” It was released a few hours before President Barack Obama was scheduled to use a campaign trail speech in Texas to demand GOP support for his $447 billion “American Jobs Act” stimulus-bill. “The president’s plan will more than offset projected layoffs, providing support for nearly 400,000 education jobs — enough for states to avoid harmful layoffs and rehire tens of thousands of teachers who lost their jobs over the past three years,” said the report. But administration officials quickly backtracked on the 400,000 number once they were quizzed by reporters during the press conference. The money would only support 400,000 teachers for one year, leaving state and local government to pick up the tab every subsequent year, admitted Katharine Abraham, a member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.
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    Interview with SCORE President and CEO Jamie Woodson
  • Kingsport BOE splices onto STEM school grant application
    KINGSPORT — City school leaders still have questions and concerns about the proposal to have a joint STEM school with Sullivan County at Sullivan North High School. But the city Board of Education still voted 5-0 Thursday night to approve making a joint application for a $1 million Tennessee STEM platform school grant for Sullivan North, mirroring a 7-0 Monday vote by the Sullivan County BOE.
  • Louisiana Letter Grade Report Highlights Need for School Choice and Reform
    Louisiana Federation for Children (LFC) today called for expanded school choice and education reform throughout Louisiana in the wake of the state’s first-ever release of letter grades to public schools and districts. According to the report released by the Louisiana Department of Education on Wednesday, a stunning 44 percent of schools earned D’s and F’s and more than one-third of the state’s students, or 230,000, were reported below grade level.
  • ‘Flipped’ classrooms take advantage of technology
    POTOMAC, Md. – Pressed for time and struggling to reach a generation raised on YouTube, Roshan, like a growing number of teachers, digitally records her lessons with a tablet computer as a virtual blackboard, then uploads them to iTunes and assigns them as homework. In class the following day, she helps students work out exercises and answer knotty questions. It’s the latest way technology is changing teachers’ jobs — in this case it’s literally turning their workday upside-down.
  • Charter schools see mixed results in learning growth
    Charter schools in Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga showed mixed results from 2008-2011 in an analysis by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University. About half showed significant learning growth versus traditional public schools, according to a release by the Tennessee Charter School Incubator, launched in 2009 with help by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. In Nashville, two schools — KIPP Academy and LEAD Academy — were listed as showing significant learning growth. Six charter schools had scores on par with public school peers, while seven lagged behind them.
  • University of Memphis offers to restore physics program at Ridgeway High
    n order to restore physics at Ridgeway High School, the University of Memphis is offering to cover lectures and labs at the school — five days a week — at no cost to Memphis City Schools.
  • Hamilton County Schools to submit letter of intent for STEM school grant
    A motion to approve the submission of a letter of intent to the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network announcing the pursuit of creating a new STEM school in the Chattanooga area was approved by the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night—but barely.
  • Media Falls for Union Push-Poll Ruse
    The MEA must think Michiganders are either really stupid or really gullible. Perhaps worse, the media fell for the ruse. Consider the lead in to a question posed to those surveyed by the union earlier this month:
  • Time for Freedom Riders for School Reform
    Fifty years after the first Freedom Riders changed America for the better, school reformers can follow their example. And help give our children schools fit for their futures. This means that our new voices for reform, including the growing Parent Power movement must challenge education tradtionalists and political leaders through strong, vocal advocacy. This includes taking to the streets in a proverbial sense, using the Innternet to rally families, challenge failing and mediocre districts and even forcing state and federal leaders to expand choice and pass Parent Trigger laws.
  • Education Week: Catholic Schools and Educating the Whole Child
    When we want to look at education without many of the political, legal, and distracting interferences, we can—and should—examine Catholic schools, which educate more than 2 million students in neighborhoods that range from economically challenged to very well off. A recent study on the impact of Catholic schools in the lives of economically disadvantaged children found that 98 percent of a group of low-income students attending Catholic schools on tuition grants in Los Angeles graduated from high school. What’s more, nearly 98 percent of them went on to pursue some sort of postsecondary education, the same study, by the school of education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, reported.
  • What Works Clearinghouse
    Whatworks.ed.gov has a fresh new look to give you new and better ways to find what works in education. We’ve advanced our mission of being a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education by redesigning the website to be more informative, more user-friendly, and easier to navigate than ever before. WWC publications are now categorized into 15 topic areas, such as literacy, math, and student behavior. With one click, you can view all of the WWC’s publications and resources related to a topic area, including intervention reports, practice guides, quick reviews, and other resources. You also can use our new search tool to see how studies reviewed by the WWC measure up to WWC standards. This tool will enable you to quickly identify the most rigorous research in education.

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