• Survey: Alternative Teacher Certification on the Rise
    Four out of 10 new public school teachers hired since 2005 came through alternative teacher-preparation programs, according to a survey just released by the National Center for Education Information.
  • Parents can begin to register Metro students for school on Monday
    Parents new to Nashville can begin registering their children at their assigned Metro schools beginning Monday. They should call first to be sure someone can help, and they should bring these documents:
  • Tennessee to seek waiver from No Child Left Behind law
    Gov. Bill Haslam this morning announced that Tennessee will seek a federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind requirements, citing large numbers of schools that failed to make adequate progress in the just-finished school year on the standards. Haslam and Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman say the state instead should be accountable to its Race to the Top mandates, which were approved the federal government, not the No Child Left Behind law, which sets national benchmarks schools have to meet to remain in good standing.
  • Indoctrination Fridays Three Little Pigs Slaughtered by Leftists
    I’m sure the Left would like to see rework most of our cultural heritage to promote its agenda. But if they move too fast and reach too far, the people will push back. As with all other leftist agenda, one small step at a time.
  • Judge Refuses to Order Dickson County Board of Education to Negotiate
    A judge has refused to make the Dickson County Board of Education return to the bargaining table with the local teacher’s union. Dickson County teachers thought they had a deal with the local school board – a contract agreed on last year that would run through 2013. Under that contract, the union could re-open pay negotiations each year. But this spring the Dickson County school board walked away from the bargaining table, citing the new state law abolishing the Tennessee Education Association’s collective bargaining rights.
  • If students fail history, does it matter?
    Test results released in June showed that fewer than one quarter of all students are “proficient” in American history. Some wonder whether schools should focus on history at all, when the ability to recall historic facts or themes might not help students land certain jobs later on. But others say knowing how we came to our current way of life is always essential.
  • Five things students say they want from education
    We recently asked eSchool News readers: “What’s the one thing you hear most often from students about what they want in school?” Though the responses were numerous, readers repeated these five things students want the most (responses edited for brevity).
  • New Memphis City Schools teachers finding seniority
    The teachers union in the city schools has agreed to let new hires, many of them transplants to Memphis with Teach for America, displace senior teachers. Starting this week, principals filling last-minute openings are seeing only two kinds of applicants: experienced teachers displaced from city school classrooms or new teachers coming through TFA or the city schools’ own alternative licensure program, Memphis Teaching Fellows. As of July 15, the district had 101 teacher vacancies and 133 candidates between TFA and its own residency program, plus 210 “surplus” or displaced teachers.
  • Blount County parents get feel for proposed charter school
    The academy is in its formative stages with the Blount County School Board scheduled to vote next week on whether to approve HOPE’s 450-page application. HOPE will be a K-5 school in its first year, if approved by the Blount board, and will basically add a grade a year through 2017 when it will top out with an eighth grade. The initial pupil count will be 180 and will rise to 320 by 2017, according Pat Bradley, executive director of the academy.
  • NEA – master of disaster
    First off, there is no argument that public education in America is a complete and total disaster. Our children routinely score at the bottom of the barrel in math, science and geography, while more than 50 percent of other children drop out of high school in some districts. It’s not that our children are dumb, but rather that they are tossed into a dumb, antiquated system that is controlled by one of the largest and most powerful unions in the nation, the National Education Association (NEA).

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