Those Ed Reform Nashville Blues

Yesterday’s big news revolved around the Nashville, Tennessee teacher merit pay study conducted by the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University.  EdWeek reported that this study of performance-based teacher compensation (the first ever conducted on this scale) in the United States shows that a nationally watched bonus-pay system had no overall impact on student achievement.  Teacher Beat has compiled many of the reactions and responses to this study, which has polarized people on both sides of the reform debate.
Here are some other education reform news:

  • Education Nation:  On Monday, September 27th, at 8am ET, President Obama will sit down with Matt Lauer for a LIVE one-on-one interview about the state of education in America. If you would like to submit a question for the President, please click here.
  • EdWeek reports that the massive flow of federal funding into schools has created a new and unfamiliar political dynamic in state elections this fall, with many candidates voicing concerns about the government involvement while acknowledging its role in saving jobs, propping up budgets, and supporting innovations in education.
  • The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships teamed up with the Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service to host a landmark White House Convening on the Role of Community-Based Organizations in Turning Around Low-Performing Schools on September 20, 2010.  The White House covers the highlights of the meeting.
  • The Get Schooled Foundation today announced the launch of the Get Schooled National Challenge and Tour aimed at engaging students and their families to help improve high school graduation rates, college readiness, and ultimately raise college completion rates. Some of the country’s top entertainers, athletes, and personalities with a commitment to education are participating in the Get Schooled National Challenge and Tour including Ludacris, Common, Big Boi, Pharrell, Jay Sean, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Dorrough, DJ Diamond Kuts, Joakim Noah, Marshall Faulk, Tom Papa, MTV News Correspondents Sway Calloway and SuChin Pak, and more.

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