Sep 17, 2014 |
“Why are we learning this?” Do students deserve a voice in what we are teaching them?
Sep 15, 2014
Clearing the clouds that hang over Atlanta schools
A former Atlanta Public Schools teacher, Verdaillia Turner is the president of the Georgia Federation of Teachers and Atlanta Federation of Teachers.
By Verdaillia Turner
The test-cheating scandal in Atlanta public schools was a black cloud that has hung over our city and state for three years. It has always been our policy that cheating should never be condoned.
The Georgia Federation of Teachers/Atlanta Federation of Teachers was the first to blow the whistle on possible test erasures by teachers—and indeed, many people paid the price for using poor judgment. But as we also learned, the scandal shined a light on the state’s [More]
Sep 14, 2014
Common Core: Georgia should not retreat now
We are likely to see another Common Core debate when the Georgia Legislature meets in January.
Here’s a piece in favor of the standards from Michael J. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and Michael Brickman, national policy director.
By Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman
More than 30 years ago, a prominent commission declared the United States to be “a nation at risk” because of the “rising tide of mediocrity” sweeping our education system. Since then, policymakers and educators have put in place a series of reforms; some of these have worked better than others, but our progress is undeniable. [More]
Sep 13, 2014
We have good teachers, data and technology. Yet, we lag in academics. Why?
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, released its fourth “Leaders & Laggards series, A State-by-State Report Card on K–12 Educational Effectiveness.”
Georgia makes out better on the foundation blocks that ought to lead to high academic performance, including teacher force, data, parental options and technology. We earn largely B’s.
Our only A comes in fiscal responsibility, and that is because of pension funding.
While Georgia earns an overall B-minus for the teaching workforce, it only earns C-plus for “well-prepared teachers” and “identifying effective teachers.” In the teaching categories, the state earns its highest grade, B-plus, for “exiting ineffective teachers.”
In the area of [More]
Sep 12, 2014
A statewide school district could help Georgia’s students
Michael O’Sullivan, state outreach director for StudentsFirst, says the Recovery School District proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this week is a good idea. Read about Deal’s plan here.
Deal’s suggestion — made at a campaign event — is generating a lot of discussion. Folks are asking whether the state has the capacity to turn around failing schools and whether more state bureaucracy will help.
See a piece here calling for a different response to failing schools in Georgia.
By Michael O’Sullivan
With Governor Nathan Deal’s announcement that he’d like to see a statewide school district to turn around [More]
Sep 12, 2014
Teachers succeed in spite of system and not because of it
Jim Arnold is the former superintendent of Pelham City Schools. He’s written several guest pieces for the Get Schooled blog and has his own blog. Dr. Arnold doesn’t pull punches as proven by this essay on the denigration of teachers.
By Jim Arnold
In 2009, there were 1,615,066 students in Georgia k-12 public schools and 120,660 teachers to teach them.
In 2013, the state Department of Education reported 1,657,506 students and 111,401 teachers to teach them.
Anyway you count it, public education has lost 9,000 teachers, and class sizes have increased in Georgia public schools.
Here’s what else has occurred in that time:
No raises, layoffs or [More]
Sep 11, 2014
We don’t need state takeover of schools; we need greater school choice as in HOPE program
Note to readers: Due to a kink, commenting on the new Get Schooled site didn’t work earlier. It is now fixed. (Thanks, Brian.)
Atlanta attorney Glenn Delk has 30 years of experience in education reform efforts, primarily in increasing options and choices for families and their children through charter schools, tuition tax-credit scholarships and other means.
Delk recently found a new nonprofit, New Schools for Georgia, to lead public-private partnerships to offer high-quality educational options to all students, regardless of income or zip code. He wrote this essay in response to Gov. Nathan Deal’s announcement yesterday that he wanted to allow state [More]
Sep 11, 2014
Do you trust state to take over failing schools and turn them around?
The RSD works to identify the barriers to why the school did not reach its goals and creates a clear solution for transforming the school. No two schools or solutions are the same, so the RSD works to come up with the best way to run the school. Whether it is direct-run by the RSD, chartered by a high-quality charter organization or if the school district enters into a shared success agreement, the RSD knows that schools are powered by the people. Everyone must work together in the best interest of the students, ensuring them a clear path to college [More]