Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 11:21am
A majority of Tennessee school chiefs opted not to join their colleagues in publicly criticizing beleaguered Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, although the participation of Nashville-area leaders was a mixed bag. About 40 percent of Tennessee’s 138 school superintendents attached their names to a letter asking Gov. Bill Haslam to put the kibosh on Huffman and his reform policies.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 8:48am
After several false starts, the list of failing schools is now public and includes 78 schools, 72 of which ranked in the bottom six percent of all schools in three of the last six years. The other six came from schools that qualified to apply for federal School Improvement Grants.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 12:05pm
Unfortunately the only "fix" for failing schools prescribed by the new law is a financial incentive to parents to remove their children from these schools.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 07/14/2013 - 12:29pm
The schools that were closed were indeed cited as underperforming, but what they lacked most of all were surrounding neighborhoods with political muscle.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 7:02pm
With a record number of school districts sinking into a deficit, and two possibly on their way to being dissolved, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan is urging drastic action—such as converting Michigan’s nearly 550 districts, 56 intermediate districts, and nearly 280 charter schools into countywide school districts.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 1:21pm
A new report argues that humanities and social sciences are as essential to the country's economic and civic future as science and technology. The study, commissioned in 2010 by a bipartisan group of members of the Congress and conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, comes at a time when the value of liberal arts is being challenged.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 3:59am
In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 4:00pm
As the saying goes, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Unfortunately, that saying does not bode well for the thousands of children who will be displaced when 54 schools shut down this year.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 2:56pm
Now that P.S. 64 Pura Belpre school in Mount Eden is set to phase out in three years, parents are concerned that children in the school are condemned. The kindergarten through fifth grade school is beset with feckless teachers, bullying, large classes and a lack of textbooks and homework, parents charged.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 3:45pm
Members of the Panel for Educational Policy approved the phasing out or closing of 22 low-performing public schools in an early-morning vote Tuesday.