Archive | February, 2016

Of TNReady and Craigslist

From WSMV: Some Tennessee teachers and parents are concerned about posts on Craigslist that appear to be recruiting people to grade achievement tests in other states. The company is the same one that developed TN Ready, but education officials claim Craigslist recruiting isn’t something happening here. On Craigslist, there are listings for bikes, boats, tickets, […]

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On Payday Lending in Tennessee

From Tennessee News Service: Current law prohibits Tennessee consumers from taking out more than two payday loans at a time, and those loans can’t total more than $500 collectively. However, there’s no system in place for lenders to make sure people aren’t asking for more than the law allows, explains Andy Spears, executive director of […]

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TNReady or Not

Tennessee’s move to a new, online assessment encountered problems on Day One as students across the state were unable to access the delivery platform. Here’s more on the challenges experienced in Tennessee: It’s campaign season and candidate after candidate is telling voters they are the clear choice because they will be “ready on day one.” […]

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BEP Changes and Tennessee’s Urban Districts

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press: “Eliminating the CDF is a part of BEP 2.0,” agreed Andy Spears, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the ins and outs of Tennessee’s school funding formula. “But full funding of 2.0 would benefit urban districts. The CDF protects urban districts now, and 2.0 would have provided recurring revenue to […]

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Vouchers in Tennessee

Some recent stories on school voucher legislation in Tennessee, which is on the House Floor Calendar for debate (and possible vote) Monday evening. TC Weber’s Voucher Party Pro-voucher groups are spending a ton  of $$ to get vouchers passed. What Tennessee Can Learn from Louisiana on Vouchers The Price is Right For more on education […]

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