Archive | April, 2016

Testing Trouble in Tennessee

Last week was a very bad week for the new TNReady test in Tennessee. First, the state’s Achievement School District announced it won’t take over any additional schools next year due to the transition to TNReady this year. Then, on Thursday, the state revealed that tests had not arrived at many districts across the state — […]

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Expanding Access to Healthcare in Tennessee

I talk about Insure Tennessee on Open Line with Ben Hall:  

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Healthcare, Housing, and more…

This week, I wrote about affordable housing in Nashville — both efforts to expand access and efforts to thwart expansion of affordable housing mandates. I also wrote about Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell’s joke of a task force on access to healthcare. On the education front, I wrote about Phase II of TNReady and efforts […]

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Is RTI Working?

An analysis of a 2015 study by the U.S. Department of Education calls into question the effectiveness of the Response to Intervention program. Specifically, the analysis (and the study it cites) note that implementation has been uneven and in some cases, results in special education services being delayed or denied. The key finding is this: […]

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This Week in Tennessee Education

This week, I’ve written quite a bit about what’s happening in Tennessee education. It is, after all, nearing the end of the legislative session and there’s a lot happening. From TNReady testing to revising the state’s school funding formula, key policy decisions are being made or will be made in the coming week. Here’s what […]

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A Teacher’s Letter to Her Students

Dana Jones is a former teacher from Indiana. This letter was originally posted on Facebook as the letter that said what she really wanted to say to her students on her last day of teaching. It is published in its entirety with her permission. Dear Students (both past and present), Let me start off by […]

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Is It Anything?

Analysis of legislation proposed in Tennessee reveals nothing … or something very, very bad: Representative Bill Dunn of Knoxville has proposed an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that purports to remove the requirement that the General Assembly adequately fund public schools in the state. However, an Attorney General’s opinion published on March 29 notes: “… the […]

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Ohio Schools Fight Back

A story in the Vinton County Courier out of Ohio details how public schools in that state are fighting back against the financial drain on their districts caused by charter schools. The Vinton County School district has invoiced the state for $3 million, money it says was lost due to charter schools. Here’s more: For […]

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