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Saturday, March 22, 2014

German Homeschooling Family Finally Granted Asylum in US

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Romeike family, formerly of Germany, now calls Morristown, Tennessee, home. Ben Waldon of ABC News writes that the Romeikes were forced to flee Germany in 2008 because of their desire to home-school their seven children.”(more)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tennessee Governor Urges 2 Free Years of Community College and Technical School

The New York Times – Richard Perez-Pena

“Public colleges have sharply raised their prices since the 1990s in the face of declining state support, but a plan by Tennessee’s governor to make two years of community college and technical school free for all students represents a striking reversal of that trend.”(more)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rival Strategies for Running Schools Put Memphis in Hot Seat

Education Week – Jaclyn Zubrzycki

“After decades of financial strife and low academic performance, this city’s struggling school system has become a laboratory for competing school governance and improvement strategies—and a management challenge of the first order.”(more)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Graduate Program Works To Diversify The Science World

NPR – Steve Haruch

“A graduate science program in Nashville is helping write a powerful counternarrative — and it has some pretty impressive numbers to back it up — even if there isn’t wide consensus yet on the reasons why they’ve done so well.”(more)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Failed education bills to return in 2014 TN General Assembly

Tricities.com – Kevin Castle

“Proponents of revamping education laws in Tennessee cite a recent report that ranked the state’s students tops in the nation in academic improvement as proof that recent reforms are working and more should be considered.”(more)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Importance of High Standards for Students and Teachers

Students First – Kimberly Coyle

“But when the first round of progress reports came out, I realized that over half of my students were failing my class. I combed back over my assessments and thought that there had to be something wrong with my tests, my teaching, or my materials.”(more)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Education Losers Now Recovering

The Huffington Post – Richard Whitmire

“…Tennessee and D.C. stood out last week for making the fastest education gains on the “nation’s report card,” the respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)…How can this progress in Tennessee and D.C. be explained? In truth, it’s not a mystery…It all starts with setting higher education standards.”(more)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tennessee and D.C. lead education reform: Column

USA Today – Richard Whitmire

“And yet both Tennessee and D.C. stood out Thursday for making the fastest education gains as the results from the “nation’s report card,” the respected National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), were released today.”(more)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Math teacher collaborate for success

The San Francisco Chronicle – Jane Roberts

“Drop in on the Algebra I teachers’ meeting that rocks to life on Wednesday mornings at Germantown High School and you’re likely to hear talk about slope or perhaps the Fibonacci sequence.”(more)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Positive News for Tennessee

Students First – Pam Witmer

“The results are in, and Tennessee has several reasons to celebrate the progress students are making in the Achievement School District (ASD).” (more)