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Afternoon Announcements: TN School Pilots Putting a Great Teacher in Charge of Many Classrooms

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March 27, 2015 12:45 pm

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A stack of research suggests that all the classroom technology in the world can’t compare to the power of a great teacher. And, since we haven’t yet figured out how to clone our best teachers, a few schools around the country are trying something like it: Stretching them across multiple classrooms. NPR

As the debate over the Common Core State Standards has escalated of recent, a handful of influential leaders have perpetuated myths and misleading information about the Standards. The end result? It’s hard for many to square with the reality that the standards were developed by governors and state education leaders. In a recent article, The Associated Press attempts to separate fact from the many fictions.

Seven Tennessee school districts have sued state officials over what they say is inadequate school funding. The Washington Post

Gabriela Mafi, superintendent of the Garden Grove Unified School District in California spoke to the changes in her district under the Common Core in an on-going series from Edsource. Mafi said the common core has offered her district a ‘clearer pathway for student learning.’

With six days left to craft an on-time state budget, New York State lawmakers have only just begun to seriously negotiate how to overhaul the state’s teacher evaluation system. Chalkbeat NY

Online programs bring new educational resources to classrooms and homes. And with them comes the responsibility to ensure children are safe. Policymakers, businesses and educators continue to debate appropriate controls. The Hechinger Report

For the second year in a row, the Tennessee legislature is reviewing a bill that would enable parents to initiate major reforms at a low-performing public school. The Tennessean

A bill that temporarily would alter the amount that student test score growth impacts teacher evaluations in Tennessee passed unanimously in the state House Thursday. Chalkbeat TN

The Colorado Senate Education Committee gave 8-1 approval Thursday evening to a bill that would codify parents’ right to opt students out of standardized testing and also forbid penalizing districts, schools, and teachers for low participation rates. Chalkbeat CO

As schools make recorded lessons available to students online, they might still be facing issues when it comes to making them accessible.  eSchoolNews

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