A Few More Thoughts on Testing in Tennessee…

Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen soundly responded to Metro Nashville Schools Director Shawn Joseph and Shelby County Superintendent Dorsey Hopson very bluntly in a straightforward letter yesterday. It is doubtful that either Joseph or Hopkins actually wrote the letter, which called for a “pause” in testing and convene a statewide working group of educators … Continue reading A Few More Thoughts on Testing in Tennessee…

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The Intent and Spirit of Collaborative Conferencing

Have educators achieved all that was intended from the passing of the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011 (PECCA) and the required training?  No.  And it is time to assess our progress and adjust the legislation. Let’s examine TCA § 49-5-601 which contains the statement of purpose for PECCA.  First, PECCA is about education, … Continue reading The Intent and Spirit of Collaborative Conferencing

Time to Separate PACS from Lobbying

How is it possible to separate organizations’ campaign contributions from their lobbying activities? It may not ever be possible. Political Action Committee (PAC) is a term for a political committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates. Numerous groups that have a PAC do not have a lobbyist, … Continue reading Time to Separate PACS from Lobbying

Testing Is Open For Debate

In April, 2018, Professional Educators of Tennessee raised the issue on Testing, with a hard-hitting editorial called the Trouble with Testing. Now the Superintendents of two low performing districts, Shelby County and Metro-Nashville Public Schools are eliciting media attention by challenging testing across the state. Welcome to the club. Testing has taken a wrong turn … Continue reading Testing Is Open For Debate

Why Change?

This is a question we could ask ourselves almost daily, on any given topic. But before we consider the reasons, let’s take it back to the beginning. When you bring home your newborn infant, do you expect that precious bundle to remain the same for all time? Would that even be a consideration? Of course … Continue reading Why Change?