April 5, 2013
TENNESSEE HOPS ON EDUCATION REFORM BANDWAGON. “The South is moving quickly to the head of the pack in education reform. Following the lead of Louisiana’s Recovery School District, Tennessee is taking several low performing schools out of the jurisdiction of local school boards and placing them in a state-run Achievement School District, where well known charter operators like KIPP are taking over. The switch to charter schools has raised the usual resistance, especially from teachers whose jobs were secure under the old system. . . . Programs like Tennessee’s are gaining traction across the country. Michigan has also formed a state district for failing schools, and Virginia just approved its own version in February. Slowly but surely, America is taking serious steps to reform its failing school systems. We haven’t found all the answers yet, but at least we’re beginning to look.”
Much as I predicted in The K-12 Implosion.