Archive | January, 2014

Horn & Wilburn on TN NAEP

Jim Horn and Denise Wilburn wrote an op-ed in the Tennessean on Tennessee’s NAEP scores and overall educational attainment.  Frankly, it’s disappointing.  Specifically, they note: Interestingly, a recent analysis shows that Kentucky schools, similar in terms of demographics, continue to outperform Tennessee schools despite the fact that Kentucky has not adopted corporate charter schools, teacher […]

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Kentucky Govenor Proposes Ed Funding Boost

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered his budget address last night and proposed significant increases in the state’s K-12 education funding.  Read the details at Kentucky Education Report.   For more on education politics and policy, follow @TheAndySpears

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Education Players in Tennessee

From Tennessee Education Report: A brief rundown of groups focused on education policy in Tennessee and their legislative priorities. Note that a majority of these groups (representing teachers, school superintendents, and parents) oppose a voucher scheme supported by Tennessee’s Governor Bill Haslam and many in the General Assembly. For more on education policy in the states, follow […]

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NC Teachers: It’s Bad News Calling!

Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post has a troubling story out of North Carolina about teachers receiving automated phone calls to alert them to the state’s new plan to award “merit pay” to the top 25% of the state’s teachers.  If you’re in the bottom 75%, no raise for you! The story comes by way of […]

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A TREE Growing in Tennessee

From Tennessee Education Report: A new advocacy group focused on countering corporate education reformers in Tennessee announced its formation this week. Calling itself TREE (Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence), the group is focused on advocating for quality investment in schools, accountability and transparency in the education system, and local control of schools. READ MORE>  

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Tennessee Teacher Evaluations

From Tennessee Education Report: Like Tennessee, Kentucky has a new teacher evaluation model — The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). Similar to reforms in Tennessee, the new model uses multiple measures to evaluate teachers, including classroom observation and student growth. Unlike Tennessee, Kentucky has rolled out it’s new evaluation in phases, improving it along […]

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Governor Steve Beshear on 2014 Education Goals

Last night, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered his State of the Commonwealth address.  Here’s what he had to say about education in Kentucky and his plans for the upcoming legislative session: I talk to business executives almost daily about what they need to make their companies successful. They tell me that factors like low taxes, […]

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Does KY GOP have an Education Agenda?

From Kentucky Education Report: The Kentucky Senate begins its 2014 session today and Senate Republicans have released a list of their top 5 priorities. Senate President Robert Stivers issued a press release outlining the GOP’s goals for 2014. They include: 1) Reigning in the Governor by giving the legislature the power to overturn administrative regulations […]

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Spears Comments on 2014 Sumner Elections

The Hendersonville Star News cited comments from Andy Spears, Director of local parent-led organization Strong Schools, in its story on the 2014 local elections. From the article: Spears believes overcrowding in schools, improved technology and facilities, as well as competitive teacher pay, will be among the issues at the forefront of this election season. “(Voters) […]

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