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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

College? Career Tech? In Nashville, Teens Do Both

NPR – Emily Siner

“Schools don’t like to use the V-word anymore — “vocational,” as in “vocational education.” Administrators say the word is outdated, along with the idea of offering job-training courses only to students who are going straight into the workforce. Nashville, Tenn., is trying a new approach. The public school system there is encouraging every high school student, regardless of college plans, to take three career-training classes before they graduate.”(more)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Scott, Alexander Team Up to Advocate for School Choice

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Two Republican senators from Tennessee and South Carolina are teaming up in an attempt to rewrite federal education law, including pushing for greater access to school choice. The recent draft of the K-12 education bill includes a provision that would use $14.5 billion in federal Title I money to offer 11 million low-income students $1,300 to enable them to choose the public school of their choice. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina would like to see even more included in the bill in coming drafts. Offering parents more choice in the school they choose to send their child to would be one of the most controversial parts of the attempted rewrite of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”(more)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nashville Replaces Algebra and Geometry With Integrated Math

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Next year, Nashville public schools will begin the transition from teaching Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to teaching integrated math courses, which weave together concepts from each discipline…integrated math is not exactly a novel concept—but it’s gotten renewed attention under the Common Core State Standards. The standards lay out both the traditional and integrated approaches for teaching high school mathematics and suggest schools choose one…At least three states—North Carolina, West Virginia, and Utah—have recently mandated that all public high schools use integrated math. Georgia has technically been using integrated math since 2008—but it hasn’t been popular. Nearly 85 percent of Georgia teachers participating in a recent survey administered by the state’s board of education said they would rather be teaching the traditional pathway than the integrated one.”(more)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One school puts its mark on Maker Movement

E-School News – Jane Roberts

“The creative, tinkering brain atrophied, and quite logically, people began to think they couldn’t solve the problems they see in the world, says Leigh Mansberg, assistant head at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tennessee Offers Free 2-Year College Education to Residents

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is offering high school graduates a full scholarship at two-year colleges within the state. Haslam created the program in hopes of diminishing the issue of affordability in college attendance.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sharpen the pencils: Tennessee revives cursive teaching

Reuters – Tim Ghianni

“Children in Tennessee will have to get used to holding a pencil again next year when new cursive handwriting standards go into effect in schools throughout the state.” (more)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Healthy Kids Act Constraining Schools’ Culinary Activities

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 went into effect on July 1, and is in place to assure that nutritional standards of food and snacks for grades K-12, are made with less fat and salt. The act also places the US Secretary of Agriculture in charge of school cafeterias, lunch lines, hallway vending machines, bake sales, and everything food-related.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chattanooga School of Language provides learning opportunities – Megan Ferguson

“…more and more parents are seeing the benefits of exposing their children to different languages because of its cognitive and social advantages…when people learn another language, they learn another culture. So opening children’s eyes to other cultures in the world broadens perspective and awareness of other people in the world.” (more)

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)