Archive | November, 2014

Lily and Diane

This has been an exciting week in Nashville for followers of education policy and playmakers. It was a week which gave me the opportunity to meet both the President of the National Education Association (Lily Eskelsen Garcia) and education historian and activist Diane Ravitch. Garcia was in Nashville to kickoff American Education Week, and I […]

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Kevin Huffman Chronicles

Since it was announced last week that Kevin Huffman is resigning as Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education, I’ve written about his who might replace him (Jamie Woodson, Kathleen Airhart, and Jim McIntyre appear the most likely candidates) and about why he wasn’t very well-liked by Tennessee’s teachers. Now, there’s even a game where people can vote […]

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Connecticut Expands School Takeover Model

A committee of the Connecticut State Board of Education has recommended expansion of that state’s school takeover model, known as the Commissioner’s Network. The recommendation would allow up to six schools per district to be included in the network, up from the current four. The Commissioner’s Network operates almost as a separate school system, with […]

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Notes on Teacher Pay

This post is a summary of the writing I’ve done over time on teacher pay and on the importance of investing in and supporting teachers. Most recently, I wrote about Tennessee’s history of low investment in teachers.┬áIn this piece, I contend that while Tennessee policymakers often talk about teacher support, they also fail to deliver […]

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