The ongoing transformation of our public schools began with a couple of solid whacks over the head of the school board by the Tennessee Department of Education. Since then, the Metro Board of Education defined and has remained loyal to our vision of doing whatever it takes to prepare all students to excel in college, work and life.
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The U.S. Department of Education has approved Tennessee’s Race to the Top program and budget. That allows the state and 136 local school systems to move forward on implementing the state’s comprehensive school reform plans. The $501 million Tennessee is set to receive over the next four years could help raise the state’s public education standing, but only if the money is wisely spent and the results carefully monitored.
Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Tennessee’s nearly $501 million Race to the Top budget has been approved by the U. S. Department of Education, allowing the state and all 136 school districts to move forward in implementing comprehensive school reform plans over the next four years. Tennessee was just one of two states selected to receive funding in the federal government’s Race to the Top competition in March.
Educators across Southeast Tennessee have their own ideas about how best to spend their cut of Tennessee’s $500 million in federal Race to the Top winnings, and each of the district’s plans now sit in Washington waiting for approval.
Education consultants around the country have lined up to get some of the business created by Race to the Top. Tennessee won $500 million as part of the program. A vendor list has been approved for school districts to begin contracting for services.
Tennessee was one of two states awarded federal Race to the Top stimulus dollars in March to implement plans to dramatically improve student test scores and school quality. “The U.S. Department of Education has not approved the Race to the Top budget,” said Amanda Anderson, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Education, adding that the news was expected “this week or next.”
Knox County Schools, the Knoxville Chamber, the Knox County Education Association, the United Way of Greater Knoxville, SCORE and EdFirst, a panel of education experts, will hold a forum on Wednesday to discuss the new evaluations of teachers in Knox County.
Education Commissioner Timothy Webb today announced the appointment of Bruce Opie to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Education. Mr. Opie joined the Department in 1985 and most recently served as the Department’s Assistant Commissioner for Legislation and Policy. As Deputy Commissioner he will oversee implementation of state education funding of local school systems.
For too long, Tennessee student performance has been measured by standards set too low. Beginning in September, a higher standard putting the state on par with national student achievement levels will go into effect. It is important that the public fully understand the what and the why of this change. To help, Gov. Phil Bredesen, along with former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist and other top education officials, will launch a statewide public awareness campaign this week. Meeting these higher education standards is key to Tennessee’s economic future, and they should be embraced by everyone.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: State Launches Public-Awareness Campaign on Tougher Academic StandardsMonday, July 19th, 2010
Gov. Phil Bredesen and Education Commissioner Tim Webb will help launch a new statewide public-awareness campaign led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the new First to the Top Coalition, an alliance of more than 30 business, community and education organizations.