Rhee-Forming D.C. Schools-"Guess who recently said the following: "Tenure is the holy grail of teacher unions, but it has no educational value for kids; it only benefits adults."
A right-wing blogger? No, those are the words of Michelle Rhee, chancellor of the Washington, D.C. schools, who is speaking truth to teacher-union power to shake up one of the nation's worst education systems.
In going after tenure, Ms. Rhee is taking on the holiest citadel of the education establishment."
Who’s Indoctrinating Who? The Fight for Fair and Balanced Science Education in Texas-"The battle is regarding how evolution should be taught. Evolution supporters want language that suggests Darwin’s theory of evolution has weaknesses removed from the teaching curriculum. While opponents of evolution who support Intelligent Design, Creationism, or just fair and balanced science education say that the current guidelines have been working and should be left alone.
“College professors, science teachers and pro-evolution groups urged the board to drop a rule that requires the strengths and weaknesses of Darwin’s theory to be taught in science courses, while conservative groups aligned with a sizable bloc of board members said the rule has worked well and hasn’t forced religion into those classes as critics charge…” (Check the Texas Education Agency website for further details).
Texas reaches cap for charter schools in public sector-"The Houston Chronicle:
Texas handed out its final public school charter Friday, a move that puts pressure on the state to either lift its self-imposed cap or shut down low performing campuses to make room for more of the untraditional schools.
The State Board of Education awarded eight charters, raising the total to Texas’ cap of 215. Advocates say the thousands of children still on charter school waiting lists serve as proof that Texas needs to continue expanding the movement."