Tuesday, August 20, 2013

K12 and Higher Ed News Today

So I thought I would split today’s offerings between K12 and College. I need to preface that I am not offering an opinion, but I do look forward to hearing what everyone has to say on these issues.
“Draconian Policy for Weak Teachers”
“It had to happen eventually. Tennessee will revoke the licenses of teachers whose students fail to post progress on standardized tests ("Teachers Face License Loss," The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 17). Evidently it isn't enough to fire these teachers. They have to be punished, and what better way to do so than preventing them from ever teaching again”.
“Although Rhode Island, Louisiana and Delaware are also considering pulling the licenses of teachers whose students consistently fail to improve test scores, Tennessee is the predictable center of the strategy. It was at the University of Tennessee in 1992 that William Sanders constructed the controversial value-added model being used to evaluate teachers. The state has already abolished collective bargaining for teachers and made it harder for them to earn tenure”.
One of the big players in higher education took some steps to settle something:
“Career Education Corp. Settles Inquiry for $10 Million”
“Career Education Corp. has agreed to a $10.25 million settlement with New York's attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman. The for-profit chain, which owns Colorado Technical University and Sanford Brown, had been the subject of an inquiry by Schneiderman over allegedly inflating its graduates' job placement rates. The settlement includes $9.25 in restitution to former students and a $1 million penalty to the state, according to a news release from the attorney general's office. The company has also agreed to "substantial changes" in how it calculates job placement rates”.
Worth  a read because of the potential far reaching consequences.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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