Here is your summer reading list that includes the summer’s latest state and national news that impacts your schools and communities. Please be on the lookout for a new section on this blog called “Around the State”. It will feature guest posts from statewide advocates that address specific, local issues and describe the effects of reform–good and bad–at the school district level.
TN CHARTER NEWS
A Look at Charter Attrition Rates: TN ED Report
New 2013 CREDO Study Shows Tennessee Charter Schools Doing Very Well : The Tennessean
ST4SCS Comment: If our current charters are doing so well under our current charter authorization system, why do we need a state charter authorizer?
Looking at CREDO Study of Charter School Impact by Student Group: Salon
Charter School quality is all over the map when it comes to serving student subgroups: “In general a strategy of letting a thousand flowers bloom only really works if you then cut down the flowers that turn out to be really ugly and then let the better ones replicate. Some states do that and others don’t.”
Your BEST and BRIGHTEST Charter Schools in Tennessee.: Achievement School District
Charter School Bedfellows : Schooling Memphis.
“We know that signing on with some ed reform policies can make for strange political bedfellows…
The Gutting of Local Control has begun by StudentsFirst – Your vote does not matter on education issues and StudentsFirst will pay to make sure that is so. Too bad StudentsFirst doesn’t spend all that money on students, first.
MOVEMENT TO OUST HUFFMAN
Flurry of Huffman-Ousting Facebook Pages, petition, phone call blitz and governor’s non-response.
Haslam stands by beleaguered education chief: The Tennessean
TEACHERS COMPENSATION – MASTERS DEGREE NOT WORTH MORE
State’s Treatment of Teachers is a Recipe of Disaster: The Tennesseean
ST4SCS Comment: Sure you saw this one already. It has been shared over 9,000 on Facebook.
Up with teachers, out with Pearson: Times Free Press
“When teachers speak, we ought to listen. Here’s what I’m hearing from local educators…”
Blueberries: Jamie Vollmer
“If I ran my business the way you people operate your schools, I wouldn’t be in business very long!”
Reforming Michelle Rhee Running the show in D.C. didn’t work out. Now in Tennessee, she’s hoping cash is king.: The New Republic (With a Little ST4SCS mention)
New Shifts in Rhetoric as Education Reformers Come to Rule the Roost: The New Republic
ST4SCS comment: Interesting how perspectives can change when someone actually spends time in a classroom.
Is Michelle Rhee buying Tennessee?: GoPublicSchool.com
The world’s most famous teacher blasts school reform -Washington Post