Archive | November, 2016

A Matter of Safety

From Tennessee Education Report: So far, despite attempts by legislators including now-House Speaker Beth Harwell, no seat belt legislation has passed in Tennessee. Instead, the General Assembly spends a fair amount of time helping districts save money by extending the life of buses. Andy Sher in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reported in 2014:   School districts […]

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A Vulture Descends on DOE

From Tennessee Education Report: Fortunately, we have a preview of what education policy could look like if (Trump Secretary of Education nominee Betsy)DeVos has her way. Unfortunately, that outlook is pretty grim. In June, I wrote about Detroit’s experiment with school choice — an experiment designed and supported by DeVos. Essentially, the system DeVos champions […]

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Spotting Fake News

Teacher and blogger Bill Ferriter (@plugusin) offers suggestions for how to spot fake news. From his piece: The first lesson that I try to teach my students when spotting sketchy news stories is that their common sense is the most powerful tool that they have for fighting back against misinformation on the web.  If a […]

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Standing for a Waiver

From Tennessee Education Report: Last night, the Knox County School Board voted 6-3 in favor of a resolutioncalling on the General Assembly and State Board of Education to waive the use of TCAP/TNReady data in student grades and teacher evaluations this year. The move comes as the state prepares to administer the tests this year […]

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Who Will Fight Back?

In Tennessee, the answer is Tennessee Citizen Action: Tennessee Citizen Action is committed to working with coalition partners to preserve the gains of the Affordable Care Act and to seek alternative paths to expanding access to healthcare. We will maintain an emphasis on reining-in in the payday predators who take $400 million a year from […]

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DFER Statement on Trump

Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is out with a statement on the Trump Administration and the possibility that a Democrat may be named Secretary of Education. From the statement: “The policies and rhetoric of President-elect Trump run contrary to the most fundamental values of what it means to be a progressive committed to educating our […]

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TN’s Broken School Funding Formula

From Tennessee Education Report: For the past two years, Gov. Haslam has proposed and the General Assembly has adopted education budgets that included four percent increases in state appropriations for the instructional salary component of the BEP. That means Tennessee teachers have received four percent raises in back-to-back years, right? Wrong. Instead, some teachers have […]

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Taking on Dark Money

Tennessee Citizen Action is fighting back against outside special interest groups and their use of dark money to influence Tennessee campaigns: We think a more appropriate warning is this: Beware of outside special interest groups spending on your campaign. Candidates and campaigns should be on notice that if they play with dark money groups, we’ll be […]

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