Archive | January, 2018

Attack on Teachers Leads to Shortage

Who knew attacking teachers by creating evaluation systems that insult their professionalism and robbing them of the protections of tenure would result in a teacher shortage? It turns out, there’s new evidence to suggest that not only are these measures causing experienced teachers to leave, but also resulting in fewer people turning to teaching as […]

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More Bad News on the Bevin Budget

The Prichard Blog breaks it down:   If teaching were rote labor, those cuts might not matter. If a diligent person could do the work just by following a list of instructions consistently, these reductions might be survivable. Teaching is the opposite. Teaching is supporting young minds, with varied gifts and diverse experiences, as they […]

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On the Impact of Education Cuts in Kentucky

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy has a new report out detailing the impact of budget cuts to Kentucky’s public schools. The report begins: Education is crucial to Kentucky’s success. However, as the state legislature has been disinvesting in P-12 education over the past decade, it has forced school districts to make cuts that harm […]

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Data Reliability and the Tennessee State Report Card

A brief mention in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette: The Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) test has experienced glitches the past few years. For the 2015-16 year, the state’s test composite scores did not include grades 4-8 for that reason. Going with limited available results, Bedford County’s scores for the test were at 1 out of […]

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Charter Failure creates Nightmare for Students

I’ve written before about the struggling Ohio virtual charter school (ECOT) and their creative math. Now, that school has closed under the weight of their lies. Jeff Bryant has more: The failed Ohio online charter school, which operated for 16 years, likely cost the state over a billion dollars, estimates former state education administrator Bill Phills in […]

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Tennessee’s Dangerous New Law

Tennessee News Service reports on a dangerous new Tennessee law: The Motor Vehicle Recall and Disclosure Act is the first and only one of its kind in the country – after similar bills failed in four other states. Andy Spears, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, is concerned about the potential impact on consumers. “Dealers […]

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Bevin Budget Undermines Kentucky Schools

The Prichard Blog as been breaking down the Bevin Budget and the negative impacts it will have on Kentucky schools and colleges. This handy graph gets to the heart of the $308 million being cut from P-20 education in Bevin’s proposal:                         This is […]

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Bevin vs. Education

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is not a fan of higher education, so he’s cutting the budgets at all of Kentucky’s public colleges in his proposed budget. The Prichard Blog has more: That 2019 overall reduction comes in two parts. First, the line item for every school is cut. Second, the schools will have no opportunity […]

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Breaking Down Bevin’s Bad Budget

The team at Prichard Blog does a nice job of breaking down Matt Bevin’s anti-schools budget. It’s clear he’s not committed to investing in Kentucky schools or continuing the progress the state has made over more than two decades. $200 million in cuts. A big transfer of responsibility from state to local government. Local districts […]

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These Cars Will Kill You

Thoughts on a new Tennessee law allowing car dealers to sell used cars currently under an active safety recall: “It basically makes Tennessee a dumping ground for unsafe cars that will kill people,” said Andy Spears with Tennessee Citizen Action. “And now there’s an incentive for dealers in other states to ship their dangerous cars […]

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