Calling for unity in Nashville’s public education sphere at a time when it has never been more polarized, Metro Director of Schools Jesse Register said “enough is enough” with division surrounding its most debated area: charter schools.
There were the more than 50 superintendents who signed a letter criticizing his leadership last fall. Next came teachers’ unions issuing “no confidence” votes. Most recently, 15 Republican lawmakers called for his resignation.
Tennessee’s latest round of results on end-of-year standardized tests show a strong bounce in most high school subjects, but a slight drop in junior-level English and a flattening at the middle-school level after years of growth in those grades.
The Tennessee State Board of Education cut ties Monday with a highly controversial policy that would have allowed poor student growth on tests to be a reason to pull teachers’ professional licenses.
Tennessee has removed itself from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing consortium aligned to the Common Core national education standards, joining the ranks of 18 other states pushing back against Common Core.
Changes could be coming to the process teachers navigate to renew their work licenses in Tennessee, including easier routes for those who perform well on annual evaluations.
Five new charter schools received the green light from the Metro school board Tuesday, overcoming cost concerns of some members and continuing Nashville’s steady growth of a model that has been the source of contentious debate here.
Nashville charter schools would be required to document and publish their finances, funding sources and conflicts of interest more thoroughly under a policy overhaul floated by a Metro school board member.
It delivered one of the biggest blows in Nashville’s fight over charter schools…
The number of public school teachers facing disciplinary action in Tennessee is on the rise, and social media could be partly to blame.