Education

Mid-South News
11:04 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Planning Commission Decides How Merged Memphis & Shelby County Schools Will Be Run

 

The people charged with planning the merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools settled on an organizational structure for the new district last night.

The 21-member Transition Planning Commission was actually scheduled to vote on an organizational structure last week. Two options were on the table.

The first was a “unified district.” In a unified district, the primary decision-making power rests with the superintendent, which is similar to the way both Memphis and Shelby County Schools are run right now.

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Mid-South News
5:01 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Teachers Nervous About Changes In Evaluations, Pay

As part of their work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the Memphis City Schools plan to change the way teachers are paid.
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Education reformers want to use more data to evaluate and pay teachers, and they’re making headway in Tennessee. Statewide teachers face a more involved evaluation this year, but that evaluation is making some teachers uncomfortable.

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Mid-South News
1:18 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Memphis City Schools Plans To Remake Teacher Pay

As part of their work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the Memphis City Schools plan to change the way teachers are paid.
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The way teacher pay works in Memphis and across U.S. is simple—teachers come in at a base salary (in Memphis it’s about $40,000 a year), and they get a raise every year, and teachers with master’s degrees and PhDs earn a little more. Supporters of this system say it is fair and equitable, but some education reformers and economists think the way we pay teachers in the U.S. is inefficient, and nationwide that’s where most of the money in public education goes.

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Commentary
8:00 am
Wed December 7, 2011

It's Hard to Learn the Hard Stuff

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Most American school kids can read, at least to some degree.  But they’re lousy at math.

That’s no puzzle.  Math is a lot harder.  There’s no “about” or “roughly” in math.  There’s only one answer to every problem.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Former L.A. Superintendent Shares Advice For Large School Districts

LAUSD Superintendant Ramon Cortines chats with a fourth grader at Gulf Elementary School in Wilmington.
Brad Graverson/Daily News Los Angeles

One of the main concerns about the merged Shelby County school district is its size. Ramon Cortines has been superintendent of school districts of all sizes, including New York City and Los Angeles—the two largest in the country. And he’s got some advice.

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