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The Tennessee Board of Education’s decision last month to change how teachers are paid has led to a social media push to remove Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.  The Tennessean reports two Facebook pages and a Change dot org petition with hundreds of signatures are calling for Huffman's ouster.  He does have support from Governor Bill Haslam, the state education board chairman and outside education advocates. At issue is a change to the minimum teacher salary schedule, a reduction in salary increase steps and an elimination of incentives for post-baccalaureate training.  Lydia Logan is the managing director of the national education advocacy

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Illinois high school juniors will be given a writing test for the first time in years next spring.

The test will be part of annual standardized tests, but lawmakers haven’t given the state board of education the money to pay for the essays.

The U.S. spends more than $7 billion a year preparing classroom teachers, but teachers are not coming out of the nation's colleges of education ready, according to a study released Tuesday by U.S.News & World Report and the National Council on Teacher Quality.

The study says most schools of education are in disarray.

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A national non-profit educational advocacy group has named three western Kentucky teachers among twenty-one in the Commonwealth as state teacher fellows.  Hope Street Group says the fellows will be part of community outreach efforts, policy discussions and professional development.  The educators from our region are Lone Oak Middle School Writing teacher Lea Ann Atherton, Hopkinsville District Instructional Coach Lindsey Childers and Owensboro District Math Coach Jana Bryant. State Education Commissioner Dr.

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Kentucky state Rep. Carl Rollins is resigning his House seat effective at the end of today, becoming the state first lawmaker to announce his retirement this cycle.

Rollins is resigning to become the Executive Director and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the CEO of the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

After several years of advancing major education initiatives, Tennessee lawmakers this year failed to pass the biggest school bills before them. 

The 108th Tennessee General Assembly, which adjourned Friday, debated a proposal to create a school voucher program and a so-called parent trigger measure that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school.  Both appeared to have momentum but failed by the end of the session.

Local Schools Make National Performance List

Apr 10, 2013

Schools in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Graves, Marshall and Muhlenburg Counties are on the 2012 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing Schools List. The list recognizes schools that are raising student achievement levels more quickly than other schools with similar student populations.

Carmen Garland coordinates a new leadership program for eighth graders. It is called the Regional Youth Leadership Program of MSU's Regional Outreach K12 Connect initiative, and it focuses on participatory citizenship. She spoke with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill

Mar 6, 2013

Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools.

Kentucky's primary and secondary educators can voice their opinions about their working conditions until March 29 in the state’s second Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning survey. The TELL survey gathers information from teachers, counselors, principals and administrators about school leadership, community support, professional development and other issues. The online survey is voluntary and confidential, but schools that have a response rate of 50 percent of higher will be entered into a drawing for $1,000.

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