Schools which have had difficulty evaluating and getting rid of poor teacher will be responsible for evaluating parent involvement if a bill before the Florida House and Florida Senate is passed this year. State Representative Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) introduced similar legislation last year which failed. She reintroduced the bill called “Parental Involvement and Accountability in […]
Let’s go ahead and sacrifice local control and expand the Department of Education’s reach into nonpublic schools, I mean – it’s for the kids right? Governor Branstad’s education bill needs to be killed, period. There are a couple of good items in there, but overall it stinks.
The Iowa Department of Education announced they are seeking citizen input for their No Child Left Behind waiver request. You can see the full schedule of public meetings here. This is an interesting development. Education Director Jason Glass, representing Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, seeks a waiver for NCLB being given out by the Obama Administration. […]
Governor Terry Branstad’s proposed education reform bill SSB 3009 is online, and I need to walk a couple of things back from yesterday’s post. 1. Online education is to be expanded to non-public entities, I said it didn’t, (pg. 11). 2. Alternative pathways for teacher licensure is in the bill, (pg. 23). This was one […]
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in his Condition of the State address on Tuesday said the following about their plan to reform education in Iowa: One, we need a great teacher in every classroom and a great principal leading every building. That starts with being more selective about who can become an educator. A “B” college […]
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad unveiled his final legislative recommendations for the Iowa Legislature on his education plan today in Des Moines, IA. This was after several town hall meetings and listening to citizens. I have to say I’m as *impressed* with this recommendation as I was with their education blueprint. Which is not much.
I had to shake my head at comments made by Tony Bennett, the Indiana Superintendent of Public Schools, to EdWeek in their coverage of ALEC passing anti-common core model legislation: Indiana’s Bennett defended the common standards during a couple of sessions at the ALEC convening, including one at the education task force. He told me […]
I watched the video of yesterday’s blogger’s briefing at The Heritage Foundation with former Utah Governor and Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman. Rob Bluey of The Heritage Foundation asked Governor Huntsman the first question after he gave his opening remarks about the Obama administration’s run around Congress with national education standards and No Child Left Behind […]
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) met last week in Scottsdale, AZ. They are an organization whose mission is “to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.” They have […]
There is an interesting story developing in Los Angeles. Changes may be made to allow more school autonomy from the school district and limit teachers’ unions: The agreement, tentative until union members vote on it, doesn’t resolve key contract disputes, including whether teacher evaluations should include students’ standardized test scores, a provision L.A. schools Supt. […]