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Trump’s Reverse Robin Hood on Education

From Carol Burris at the Network for Public Education: Trump’s budget would axe after-school programs known as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers which help school districts, churches and nonprofit groups serve more than 1.6 million American children, most of whom are poor. In defending the cuts to such programs, White House Office of Management […]

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Voucher Backers vs. Facts

As Tennessee lawmakers consider voucher bills again this year, it seems alternative facts are ruling the day. That is to say, facts simply don’t matter and are routinely dismissed in the name of achieving a goal that will most certainly be devastating for Tennessee schools and for students. Here are some thoughts from Tennessee Education […]

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Wrong About Charters

Former charter school advocate Dave Hornbeck, who served as Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools urges Kentucky to reject charter schools: I believe you teeter on the edge of undoing your success in considering House Bill 520. Regrettably, I speak from the perspective of experience. As Philadelphia’s superintendent of schools, I recommended […]

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Thoughts on Cabinet Members

A series of statements on Cabinet members confirmed and supported by Tennessee’s U.S. Senators from Tennessee Citizen Action: On Steve Mnuchin: Now, the duo has voted to confirm the “Foreclosure King” as Secretary of the Treasury. Mnuchin is the consummate swamp dweller, working at Goldman Sachs and running a mortgage business that made millions foreclosing […]

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Stopping Betsy DeVos

Efforts to stop the confirmation of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos are ramping up ahead of her HELP Committee confirmation vote scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st. Here are a few notes from Tennessee Education Report:   While Senator Lamar Alexander issued a statement in defense of DeVos, it’s interesting to note:   Listening to her […]

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State Report Card Earning an “F”

Tennessee is out with plans for a new state report card that will give all schools an A-F designation. So far, early reviews suggest the plan is earning an “F.” From Tennessee Education Report: Ripley High School Principal Joey Hassell has been tweeting this weekend about the state’s move to an A-F grading system for […]

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The Dangers of Outsourcing

From Tennessee Education Report: The repeated issues with Durham School Services raise questions about both the vendor and about outsourcing essential school services generally. An earlier piece noted that the push to outsource bus services may be the result of under-funded schools systems searching for financial answers. Unfortunately, outsourcing bus services may have immediate financial […]

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A Week of Action

It started with a plea for disclosure and transparency in home-buying and ended with a call for sanity during college football Bowl Season. Tennessee Citizen Action’s “Week of Action” also included opportunities to act on healthcare, protection for fraud victims, and free and fair elections. Here are some highlights: On Payday Lending Tennessee families deserve […]

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Justice for the Connected Class

From Tennessee Citizen Action: …the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance heard a campaign finance complaint brought by Tennessee Citizen Action involving four Metro Nashville School Board candidates and out-of-state dark money group Stand for Children. Unfortunately for the principle of fair, transparent elections, the Registry’s decision appeared rigged from the start and the ultimate outcome […]

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Riding the Waiver Wave?

From Tennessee Education Report: Now, two large Tennessee school districts are calling for a waiver from using test data in student grades and teacher evaluations. Will other districts follow suit? Will the General Assembly pay attention? READ MORE> For more on education politics and policy in Tennessee, follow @TheAndySpears

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