This is Not the Time to Sleep On Federal and State Education Policy Talk

Recently, I sat through a daylong bootcamp sponsored by the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition to take in additional information about the new federal education law: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). After the third person inquired into my reason for being there, I began to wonder ‘Why in the hell am I sitting through hours of policy talk?’ Because it matters. Sure, the federal law seems … Continue reading This is Not the Time to Sleep On Federal and State Education Policy Talk

Tennessee Graduation Rate Exceeds National Average… For Some

A GradNation report released last week offers a report card on graduation rates across the country. GradNation’s goal is to “increase the on-time graduation rate to 90% by the class of 2020″ and provides data and best practice opportunities to help states reach this goal. Graduation rate is one those things we’ve come to depend on when assessing the health of a school. This would … Continue reading Tennessee Graduation Rate Exceeds National Average… For Some

Tennessee’s Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Due Today

Today is the first of two deadlines states must submit final Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans and Tennessee, with 19 other states, has promised to honor the April 3rd deadline. By most accounts, Tennessee has a sound plan which no doubt stems from the work of the past few years beginning with the implementation of the 2nd highest standards in the nation and ending … Continue reading Tennessee’s Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Due Today

Saturday Morning reMIX: EdStories from March 20 – March 24

It’s Spring Break in Nashville and the most popular ticket in town was the voucher legislation dancing its way through the Tennessee legislature. The bill targeting Memphis families zoned to failing schools passed the House Education Committee this week. The legislation now moves to the House Government Operations Committee and is pending in the Senate’s Finance, Ways and Means Committee. And the tango continues… 5 Things … Continue reading Saturday Morning reMIX: EdStories from March 20 – March 24

ESSA: From Hiding Black Students to Making Them Disappear

Tennessee schools might be “hiding dropouts” and gaming the accountability system. That’s the finding of a recent report by the data-centric journalism group ProPublica. The report, while focused mostly on Florida, suggests schools all over the country (again, possibly in TN) may be pushing low-performing students, many of whom are black, into “alternative schools,” as a way of preventing their low test scores and graduation … Continue reading ESSA: From Hiding Black Students to Making Them Disappear

According to Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Federal Education Law is Good for Students of Color

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we believe, offers African American parents more opportunities to get involved in determining the quality of education for their students at the local level. This is an interesting take on the Every Student Succeeds Act offered by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). While the law is to be commended as a … Continue reading According to Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Federal Education Law is Good for Students of Color

Screw You, Imma Do Me Thanks for Writing. Sincerely, Lamar

Y’all remember when I made an appeal to the distinguished gentleman from the great state of Tennessee, Sen. Alexander? Here’s the very canned response: January 30, 2017   Ms. Alvesia Wilson-Hawkins Hermitage, TN 37076-1370 Dear Alvesia, Thanks very much for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding President Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the next Secretary of Education. … Continue reading Screw You, Imma Do Me Thanks for Writing. Sincerely, Lamar