• Giving States Waivers Does Not Solve Education Problem
    The A–PLUS approach does something that NCLB does not: gives states control of their own education systems. It allows states to opt out of the many NCLB programs and use the funds for programs that they deem important. States who take the waivers may think they are getting a good deal, but it will cost them dearly by the loss of autonomy in the decisions they make for their own schools.
  • Race to the Top Funding Used for SmartMusic in Tennessee
    Memphis City Schools purchased more than 1,000 SmartMusic subscriptions to expand their use of SmartMusic to orchestras in 13 Tennessee schools. Memphis City Schools have used SmartMusic in their band programs since 2008. “SmartMusic provides a deeper understanding of how a student is doing and what needs to be mastered to be better,” said James R. Holcomb, music and dance supervisor for Memphis City Schools.
  • Tennessee to lead effort on writing new science standards
    Tennessee is among a group of states selected to lead an important effort to improve science education for all students. The state, along with 19 others, will lead the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which will clearly define the content and practices students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The NGSS process is being managed by Achieve, an education reform non-profit organization.
  • Sumner schools seek public input for strategic plan
    Sumner County Schools is encouraging the public to attend at least one in a series of Listen and Learn community meetings. The first one begins at 6 p.m. today at Portland High School. Director of Schools Del Phillips will host the meetings at seven schools across the county through Nov. 10 to gather feedback from the community about future improvements. “This is an opportunity for parents to talk about their hopes and goals for their child’s education but also for community stakeholders to talk about their vision for the school system,” said Michelle Ungurait, chief administrative officer for Sumner County Schools. Feedback will be documented and will be used to craft a three- to five-year strategic plan, Ungurait said.
  • Haslam to appear on NBC education program
    Gov. Bill Haslam is appearing Monday on NBC’s Education Nation, hosted by Brian Williams. The program will stream live at 1 p.m. CST Monday on www.EducationNation.com.
  • Memphis-Shelby County schools merger team has a smooth beginning
    Members of the 21-person schools merger transition commission and what will be the 23-member unified county school board convened at the University of Memphis’ FedEx Institute of Technology, along with many of the key administrators with both Memphis City Schools and suburban Shelby County Schools.
  • The Best Ideas For Fixing K-12 Education
    More than 1.2 million students drop out of school every year in the U.S. American children rank 31st in math among 65 industrialized countries. Sixty-eight percent of eighth graders can’t read at grade level, and most will never catch up. We [Forbes] asked billionaires on The Forbes 400 list, as well as our own contributors, for their best ideas for fixing K-12 education in the U.S.
  • Grading the GOP Candidates on Education
    …here’s a handicapper’s guide to the leading [GOP] contenders and their views — and record — on education.
  • Obama prepares to revamp ‘No Child Left Behind’
    President Obama is poised to broaden federal influence in local schools by scrapping key elements of No Child Left Behind, the Bush administration’s signature education law, and substituting his own brand of school reform. On Friday, Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are scheduled to detail plans to waive some of the law’s toughest requirements, including that schools ensure that every student be proficient in math and reading by 2014 or risk escalating sanctions. In exchange for relief, the administration will require a quid pro quo:

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