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The Great Tennessee Achievement School District Experiment Finally Comes To An End

Six years ago the Tennessee Achievement School District launched with a five year mission to, in their words, ‘catapult’ schools in the bottom 5% into the top 25%. Tennessee won $500 million in Race To The Top money and dedicated … Continue reading

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Education Post Touts Failing Chicago Charter To Give Free Publicity To TFA

Teach For America has done a lot of rebranding over the past few years.  For most of their existence, TFA has had to deal with criticism that their corps members are not very diverse and that most TFAers don’t teach, … Continue reading

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I Taught At The XQ Houston Super School

On September 8th Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell-Jobs, purchased a prime time commercial free hour on the four major TV networks to broadcast something called XQ Super School Live.  Reformers were celebrating and tweeting about viewing parties and things like … Continue reading

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Tennessee ASD Gets Lowest Possible Growth Score In 2017

Six years ago, the Tennessee Achievement School District (ASD) was created with the promise that within 5 years they would ‘catapult’ the schools in the bottom 5% to the top 25%.  They would do this by either taking over schools … Continue reading

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Underachievement School District Superintendent Resigns In Disgrace

One of the most high profile experiments in education is Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD).  As part of their Race To The Top funding, the former commissioner of education, TFAer Kevin Huffman, hired another TFAer Chris Barbic to make a … Continue reading

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TFA’s ‘Political Arm’ LEE Reveals Their Support Of DeVos’ Main Priority

Teach For America has become a lot less outspoken, politically, since Trump became President and DeVos the Secretary of Education.  During the Obama/Duncan years, TFA would often have blog posts and tweets supporting some ed reform policy about charter schools … Continue reading

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Teach To None

Teach To One is a math program sold by New Classrooms.  Currently used by about 16 schools in the country, the Teach To One program incorporates a mix of video tutorials, small group instruction, and full class instruction.  A computer … Continue reading

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