Monthly Archives: July 2011

With school consolidation, where are the promised savings?

One unfortunate aspect of the school consolidation effort is that it was launched for financial reasons, without any plan for the students in mind. Consolidation supporters such as Stand for Children and Memphis City Councilman Shea Flinn have attested to … Continue reading

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News roundup: Michelle Rhee, teacher layoffs, virtual schools

A clip of education reformer Michelle Rhee, speaking in Memphis yesterday to the Southern Leadership Conference Priminent National Education Reformer Making a Home in Nashville (with additional video) Ex-Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee gives take on education Teacher layoffs … Continue reading

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NEA denounces Teach for America

At its annual conference the National Teachers Association, the nation’s largest labor union, “lambasted” Teach for America, for what NEA calls “efforts by TFA to ‘union bust’ in districts across the country.” NEA delegate Marianne Bratsanos also denounced corporations and … Continue reading

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Director of Schools in Nashville plans “innovation zone”

The City Paper’s Joey Garrison reports Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Jesse Register will create a new “innovation zone” comprised of 10 low-performing schools, “hoping to stave off state intervention.” Under the approach, a new executive director will oversee the … Continue reading

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Encouraging young students to read

The Tennessee Department of Education has launched a website “to encourage reading in the early grades.” Readtennessee.org is “designed to allow teachers, families and community members to work together for the benefit of young children throughout the state of Tennessee.” … Continue reading

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46 teachers cut from Memphis City Schools

The “last in first out” rule strikes again as Memphis City Schools selects another group of employees for the third in a series of layoffs: Most of those laid off Tuesday taught English, history, social studies or vocational subjects. All … Continue reading

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Memphis and Shelby County schools merger may be years off

In an interview with Commercial Appeal reporter Zack McMillin, Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler says consolidation between SCS and Memphis City schools could be delayed “many years,” if it happens at all. McMillin also quotes consolidation supporters who … Continue reading

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TCAP scores improve in Tennessee, Memphis, Shelby County

Students are scoring better on tests administered by the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), but grade-level proficiency remains low. Statewide, average elementary school math scores jumped 7 percent while reading scores rose by 3.7 percent. But only 41 percent of … Continue reading

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Stand for Children attempts to generate merger excitement

News Channel 3 was on hand for a sparsely-attended rally in favor of school consolidation in Memphis yesterday: It’s been 4 months since the people of Memphis voted for the school merger and they are still waiting for the process … Continue reading

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Tennessee expected to fall short of NCLB standards

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam believes there is a “very real possibility” the state’s schools won’t meet the standards set under the federal “No Child Left Behind” law drafted by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and signed by former President George … Continue reading

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