Failed Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, never one to consult actual evidence before making a decision impacting Tennessee children, is now recommending that more schools in Nashville and Memphis be placed in the Achievement School District (ASD).
The state-run intervention district consisting mostly of charter schools has so far failed to produce tangible results.
Here’s more from Chalkbeat:
“Our recommendation will be: As we go into next school year, unless we see some dramatic changes in certain schools, we will move some schools into the Achievement School District,” McQueen told Chalkbeat this week.
Even more alarming, data from the consistently unreliable TNReady test will be used to make these determinations. This would certainly seem to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the “No Adverse Action” legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.
Taking this action also places the kids in these schools into a cruel experiment… One where we know the outcome, but persist hoping this time will be different. It won’t be.
The next Commissioner of Education would do well to ignore this and any other recommendation from Candice McQueen.
Instead, Bill Lee and his team should focus on policies based on evidence (so not vouchers), teacher input, and student needs.
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