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Tenn. Evals Bury Schools in Paperwork

young classroomWhen Tennessee snagged one of the first two federal Race to The Top grants, worth $501 million, the state unveiled a new motto: “First to the Top.” However, he rules for evaluating teachers that went into effect this year have translated into mountains of paperwork that keep educators like Will Shelton, principal of Blackman Middle School in Murfreesboro, stuck at his desk for long stretches of the day instead of observing in classrooms.

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Race to the (STEM) Top

Department of EducationGeorgia is the latest Race to the Top winner to devote some of the federal money to improving STEM education. Governor Nathan Deal announced that he’s giving $19 million to schools and programs that focus on science, mathematics, engineering and technology, and help better prepare educators to teach those subjects.

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