Archive | January, 2015

Does Money Matter to Schools?

No. Not according to the “in-crowd” of ed reformers. The edu-hipsters would have you believe that we can overcome poverty and other challenges simply by more rigor and firing teachers based on sketchy value-added data. But, I’ve written two articles this week based on data from Tennessee that suggest that investment in schools does matter. […]

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Just Another Half Billion

Near the bottom of this story on South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s plan to recruit teachers to rural schools is an interesting tidbit about the state of school funding in the Palmetto State: Haley’s budget would put an additional $51 million toward increasing the “base student cost” by $80 to $2,200 per student. That’s a […]

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Public Schools, Private Profits: The Jeb Bush Story

Lindsey Wagner, of North Carolina Policy Watch, has a story today on the “Florida formula” espoused by Jeb Bush being exported to states around the country, including North Carolina. The formula includes adoption of vouchers — using public dollars to send kids to private schools as well as a move toward virtual charter schools. Wagner […]

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A Pay Raise for TN Teachers?

The Governor is not sure yet. Tennessee Education Report has the story:   Basically, both Haslam and incoming Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen say they are committed to improving teacher pay, but make no commitment about a specific raise this year. Haslam does think he should be given credit for giving teachers raises early in […]

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Unfunded RTI2 Creates Challenges in Tennessee Districts

Grace Tatter over at Chalkbeat has a story about Tennessee’s RTI2 program implementation in which she notes that the program’s mandates have come largely unfunded by the State of Tennessee. The Response to Intervention and Instruction program is designed to identify students who are struggling and get them extra assistance before they fall too far […]

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Kentucky May See Teacher Pension Reform

The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly may result in reforms to teacher pensions, including adjustments to future benefit payments and cost-of-living increases. Kentucky legislators will consider a number of plans designed to reform the state‚Äôs pension plan for teachers, the Courier-Journal reports. The Kentucky General Assembly has been tinkering with the pension plan […]

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