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More evidence of TFA success

A new study by Mathematica Policy Research examined the performance of Teach for America (TFA) teachers in grades K-5.  This independent evaluation showed, once again, that TFA teachers outperform their colleagues in low-income schools. Using a rigorous random assignment design to examine the effectiveness of TFA elementary school teachers in the second year of theContinue Reading

The Birds and the Bees Act

No, this has nothing to do with sex education.  Sorry to disappoint you. Senators Meredith, B. Jackson, and Barringer proposed legislation that would lift government regulations on bee hive ownership.  The bill would allow households to own up to five bee hives. Perhaps renaming it something like the “Let Them Bee Act” would be moreContinue Reading

Should high schools pay for college remediation?

State legislators in Tennessee have filed a bill that would require high schools to reimburse the community college system for students placed in remedial courses.  According to an article published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Last year, Tennessee two-year colleges spent an estimated $18.45 million on remedial classes in areas like math, reading andContinue Reading

Crime, suspensions, and dropout rate decrease

The N.C. State Board of Education posted the draft 2013-14 Consolidated Data Report on the their meeting website today.  The report, which will be discussed and approved next week, provides state and district-level data on incidents of school crime and violence, short-term suspensions, long-term suspensions, use of corporal punishment, dropout rates, and other measures. Let’sContinue Reading

It’s official: Dumb millennials are going to destroy America

If you were born after 1980, you’re a “millennial.”  And if you are a millennial, you’re going to ruin America. As a Generation X “slacker,” I know to take these generational generalizations with a grain of salt. But I have to admit that the performance of a representative sample of American millennials on the PS-TRE,Continue Reading

No, CNN, social media is not being hard on Uncle Joe

CNN reporter Brenna Williams blames the “predatory nature of the web” for outrage over Joe Biden’s “hands-on approach” to the vice presidency. Despite decades in national politics, Biden hasn’t seemed to recognize the predatory nature of the web — either by choice or by error — and with almost two years left in office, it’sContinue Reading

A plea for Dynamic Community Charter School

Jennifer Holt of Raleigh has a child at Dynamic Community Charter School and penned a must-read op-ed on the possible closure of the school. Via email from my son’s school, I found out that the Charter School Advisory Board has recommended that the state revoke the charter for the only public school in North CarolinaContinue Reading

Common Core math?

Wake County School’s Effective Teaching Framework Community website shows one major hindrance to effective teaching – addition.  

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