Georgia Governor Deal signed legislation to implement an Opportunity School District, OSD, to turn around failing schools.
“By signing the Opportunity School District bill, we are promising better days ahead for students trapped in failing schools,” said Governor Deal. The law provides the framework for how the OSD will work and now requires a majority approval by Georgia voters in the 2016 general election.
What do you think about this bill?
Do you think Georgia voters will approve it?
The U.S. Department of Education will terminate its relationship with five debt collectors.
This announcement follows numerous complaints about allegedly illegal debt collection practices.
The debt collectors being terminated are Pioneer Credit Recovery, owned by Navient Corporation, formerly known as Sallie Mae, Coast Professional, Enterprise Recovery Systems, National Recoveries and West Asset Management.
For years, the most debated issue about standardized tests in the schools was whether the tests were well-designed.
Now, some small government groups and teacher unions are attacking the requirement of standardized tests.
What is the danger of this new argument?
The advocates for eliminating standardized tests in schools rely, in part, on the test based goals invoked by the 2002 No Child Left Behind Law (NCLB).
However, as addressed in an earlier blog on this site, Congress is aiming to revise NCLB.
Many civil rights groups issued a joint statement opposing the repeal of the federal test mandate.
Prior to NCLB, school districts were able to gloss over the poor performance of some minorities. After NCLB, achievement gaps were exposed because the school districts had to publish the scores by ethnicity and poverty.
As a result, the disparities were glaring and many took action which resulted in performance improvement of poor and minority students.
How do you think the law can be improved? If you are an educator, what have you observed? If you are a parent, what are your concerns?
Educators are responsible for implementing more rigorous standards to conform to the College-and Career-Readiness Standards (CCRS) designed to prepare students for success beyond graduation.
An online course, “Shifting Instruction with Five Core Practices” is designed to help teachers understand and implement new practices that will directly impact student achievement under CCRS. The course, developed by Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc. (KDS) and Insight Education Group will launch this month.
If you are an educator, are you interested in exploring this course?
If you are a parent, what do you think about the new standards?