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  • MacIver report: Wisconsin schools saving millions through reforms
    Let’s set aside, for the moment, the ongoing debate about collective bargaining and focus on results. The fact is that Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill is already allowing school districts to save millions of crucial dollars. The proof is in a recent report issued by the Madison-based MacIver Institute. Its headline speaks for itself – “Wisconsin schools already in line to save $155 million through new contracts.”
  • Fewer minority students taking advanced classes
    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights tracked minority student trends at more than 72,000 schools in 2009-10, including those in Middle Tennessee. Its report shows many of the region’s minorities are in classrooms led by inexperienced teachers, and relatively few of those students seek out high-level courses.
  • Home-schooled students can play team sports
    Independently home-schooled students will now get a shot at trying out for middle- and high-school team sports at Sumner County’s public schools. The Board of Education on July 19 voted 8-3 to approve a policy mirroring recent Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) bylaw revisions allowing home-schooled students to participate in public school athletics at their zoned schools.
  • A Q&A with Hope Academy
    Blount Today offered to give the members of the Hope Academy organizing team space to address some of those questions. The following Q&A are provided by Hope Academy.
  • Haslam Seeks Wide-Ranging Weigh-In of Perspectives on School Vouchers
    Vouchers for students will be among the foremost topics of education reform talks Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam plans to have this summer, but the governor said Tuesday he wants to hear all sides of the issue.
  • School Choice a Hot Topic at Legislators’ Conference
    Tennessee lawmakers, who approved a slew of sweeping education reforms this spring, hinted this week at the Southern Legislative Conference that they’re not done yet. The next battle appears to be over school choice.
  • Role reversal in Andhra Pradesh: Students to evaluate teachers
    India-State schools will see a role reversal in their classrooms soon. Starting this academic year, students will be asked to evaluate the performance of teachers.
  • Principled Principals
    Principals are significantly more likely to dismiss teachers who are frequently absent and who have received unsatisfactory evaluations in the past. Perhaps most telling, elementary school teachers who were dismissed had significantly lower impacts on student achievement in prior years than their peers who were not dismissed. These results suggest that reforms along the lines of the Chicago policy could improve student achievement by providing principals with the tools to manage the quality of personnel in their classrooms.
  • New Approach Proposed for Science Curriculums
    A new framework for improving American science education calls for paring the curriculum to focus on core ideas and teaching students more about how to approach and solve problems rather than just memorizing factual nuggets. One of the big goals, the committee said in a 282-page report, is “to ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science.” The report, released Tuesday by the National Research Council, also pushes for incorporating engineering into what is taught to students in elementary school through high school.
  • Rural schools need parents as big allies
    Parents’ low expectations for their children is one of the biggest hurdles facing rural school districts, state officials said Tuesday.

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