Get Schooled: Second amendment and state school chief race. Grin and bear it? Or bearly acceptable?
I will have to add Nancy Jester's “Bear Arms” campaign T-shirt to my list of unique political ads. (I already added one today – the “Elect Jesus” bumper sticker I spotted on a car on I-285.)
Jester is the former DeKalb school board member running for state school superintendent on the ...
Get Schooled: Making the grade: Georgia schools find out their scores Monday. Are grades a fair assessment?
On Monday at 10 a.m., the state will release the College & Career Ready Performance Index for 2012-2013 school year. The index is Georgia’s new accountability system that replaced the Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP ratings.
The state will also reissue the 2011-2012 index. The 2011-2012 index represented a study ...
Get Schooled: Georgia sets out to build a better teacher
How do you build a better teacher?
That’s the question Georgia has spent four years and millions of Race to the Top dollars trying to answer.
The state will put its findings to the test next year with a new evaluation system that will attempt to distinguish the teachers who, ...
Get Schooled: Resignation redux: The North Atlanta High principal quits again
It's official. The North Atlanta High School principal has resigned again.
In September, Gene Taylor submitted his resignation to APS, citing his exasperation with the Atlanta's school system bureaucracy. He rescinded the resignation in a crazy week in which he first quit, then was offered his boss' job and later ...
Get Schooled: Putting Georgia teachers to the test will help students and drive reform
Bradford Swann is a Macon native, father of one and state director for StudentsFirst Georgia. In this column, he says the new teacher evaluations in Georgia will benefit students and ought to be met with enthusiasm rather than pessimism.
(You can read another view on this topic here.)
Get Schooled: Atlanta Public Schools loses principal of Sutton Middle
Atlanta hires a new school chief and loses a respected principal in the same week.
The resignation of Sutton Middle School principal Audrey Sofianos is yet one more principalship vacancy facing Atlanta Public Schools and its new superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who was hired officially by the school board in ...
Get Schooled: New teacher evaluations: Search and destroy missions rather than efforts to improve instruction?
W. James Popham, a UCLA Emeritus Professor, is the author of "Evaluating America’s Teachers: Mission Possible?"
He shares his concerns with new teacher evaluations in this column. (You can read another view here.)
By W. James Popham
In almost all 50 states including Georgia, teachers will soon ...
Get Schooled: Tuition will rise 2.5 percent at most Georgia colleges, but 9 percent at Tech and 7 at UGA
The Board of Regents approved a 2.5 percent undergraduate tuition hike for 27 of the 31 public colleges and universities in the state.
That means most students will pay between $32 and $85 more in tuition each semester, depending on the where they go to school.
However, Georgia's four research ...