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School Funding in the States: What is BEP 2.0?

This article first appeared in Tennessee Education Report I’ve written before about the importance of fixing Tennessee’s school funding formula (the BEP) and doing so by fully-funding BEP 2.0. But, what is BEP 2.0? And what would it mean if fully-funded? Well, here’s Governor Bredesen’s 2007 speech outlining the BEP 2.0 changes (developed with then […]

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It takes a community …

A lot of the talk in education reform focuses on teacher quality as the key factor to influence in order to impact student achievement.  While teacher quality is important, and other school-based factors also play a role, it is also important to realize that 50% of the factors that determine whether or not a child […]

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Charters, Testing, and Teacher Licenses

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been focusing my education policy writing over at Tennessee Education Report. I’ve written about what Rand Paul and Lamar Alexander got wrong about education in Kentucky and Tennessee. Tennessee has a lot to learn from what Kentucky’s gotten right.  Even as Stu Silberman reminds us that Kentucky MUST keep […]

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What Tennessee Can Learn from Kentucky

So, yesterday’s event in Nashville featuring Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Rand Paul got me thinking about the two states, education policy, and how Tennessee still has a lot to learn.  I wrote more about it here.

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Tennessee Education Policy

Since January of this year, I’ve been writing about Education Policy in Tennessee over at Tennessee Education Report. Here, I offer a summary of those writings as they make up a foundation for understanding the current education policy climate in Tennessee. First, a little bit about the Common Core.  Unfortunately, these standards have become somewhat […]

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