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Tennessee education department announces $2M for educator training programs

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Aspiring teachers attending seven universities across the state will be able to apply for limited full scholarships, thanks to a $2 million allocation by the Tennessee Department of Education through it’s Grow Your Own teacher education program.

Funded by Grow Your Own grants, university educator training programs partner with school districts to provide tuition-free education for aspiring teachers. Participants work as education assistants at placements in partner school districts, learning under qualified teacher mentors. The program was initiated with an eye to increasing access and removing barriers to the teaching profession.

“The Grow Your Own initiative will expand across the state and support hundreds of individuals to become teachers for free – while employed in our Tennessee school districts,” Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said. “Right now, it could not be more important to remove barriers to the teaching profession, and I am proud of the way our state is coming together to continue preparing great teachers in innovative ways.”

The $2 million investment will support teacher training and associated placements in 35 school districts across the state and enable 262 aspiring teachers to receive training, classroom experience and a teacher license at no cost.

The competitive grant awards will expand existing Grow Your Own programs at Austin Peay State University, Lipscomb University and the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus, and initiate programs at Lincoln Memorial University, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

“UTC is thrilled to be selected as one of the Grow Your Own awardees and thankful to the Tennessee Department of Education for the award,” said School of Education Director Renee Murley, of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Between 1971 and 2017, the number of graduates earning bachelor’s degrees in education dropped by 51 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Tennessee


Higher Education Market| Emergence of Transitional Education (TNE) to Boost the Market Growth

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The higher education market size is poised to grow by USD 37.82 billion during 2020-2024, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Higher Education Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The growth of internationalization in the education sector is one of the key factors driving the higher education market growth. The rising need to attract the best students and staff, improve the quality of education, and generate revenue is leading several higher education institutions to internationalize education. This emerging concept has also led to the advent of new higher education partnerships, including teaching partnerships and the provision of degrees off-shore. Such rising internationalization in the education sector will further fuel the global higher education market during the forecast period.

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  • The major higher education market growth came from the hardware segment. The adoption of educational PCs such as desktops and laptops is increasing owing to the high percentage of the student population in the higher education sector and the growing technology-enabled classrooms. This factor is contributing to the higher education market share growth.

  • North America was the largest higher education market in 2019, and the region will offer several growth opportunities to market vendors during the forecast period. Rising investments in modern technologies by higher educational institutions, endorsement of the use of


Proposition 208 still makes me queasy, but I’m supporting Invest in Ed

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Opinion: Two years ago, I opposed Invest in Education. Here’s why I’ve changed my mind.

Marisol Garcia, an eighth-grade social studies teacher in the Isaac School District and vice president of the Arizona Education Association, stands by boxes containing the 435,669 signatures for the InvestInEd ballot initiative that were turned in at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office at the state Capitol in Phoenix on July 2, 2020. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

Here, finally, is where the rubber meets the road for Arizona’s children.

Should we raise taxes to boost funding for public schools? Or is the state’s current investment in their (and our) future good enough?

Supporters of Proposition 208 will tell you that it’s time, finally, to Invest in Education.

As long as we can do it with someone else’s money.

Opponents of Proposition 208 will tell you that if voters raise taxes on the richest among us, Arizona’s economy will make like a tumbleweed and bounce off into the sunset.

So what to do?

Arizona students have been the losers

There’s no doubt that Arizona’s children have been the losers over the last decade.

A generation of kids has come and gone since our leaders slashed funding for schools. When the Great Recession eased, our governor and Legislature opted to cut corporate taxes rather than restore funding to public education.

The result has been schools that are falling apart, textbooks that are woefully outdated and overcrowded classes taught by under qualified teachers.

Gov. Doug Ducey’s 20by2020 plan to raise teacher pay — a plan brought forth only after tens of thousands of fed-up educators were taking to the streets — was a start. But it was only a start given the magnitude of damage done over the last decade.

Despite those raises, Arizona teacher pay remains


What’s at Stake for Education in the 2020 Election

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From Marie Claire

In regard to education policy in the November 2020 election, from student loan policy and COVID-19 education rules to public versus for-profit schools, much of it comes down to one woman: Betsy DeVos. President Trump’s Secretary of Education, a woman who has been described as “the most unpopular person in our government,” is behind what some pundits describe as the longest-lasting and most seismic legacies of the current administration. In particular, critics have taken aim at DeVos’ policies that work towards defunding and delegitimizing public education.

It’s likely that under another term of President Trump and DeVos, public schools will continue to suffer and lose resources; meanwhile, private, religious, and for-profit institutions are likely to be deregulated and given tools to flourish. Here, some of the most critical issues in regard to education policy, and where the Democratic and Republican candidates stand on each.

Education and COVID-19

Trump and DeVos: Trump threatened to defund schools that do not open despite COVID-19 concerns—a threat that DeVos supported—in a move that has been called “dangerous” and is at odds with CDC recommendations. Experts said he has no legal authority to withhold the funds. DeVos, meanwhile, is using the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization law to funnel money designed for public school to private and religious schools, and was accused of “exploiting Congressional relief efforts.”

Harris and Biden: As for Harris and Biden’s COVID-19 plan as it relates to schools, the plan is to allow the CDC to provide national-level guidance about the dangers of COVID-19 spread to young people; to utilize funds to account for shortfalls in budget that impact teachers; and to use a “dial” analogy to make critical decisions about when to close or open schools and how to re-open them safely based on


What is ‘patriotic education’ and why is it controversial?

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President Donald Trump recently announced plans for a new commission to support “patriotic education.”

“We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country,” he said. “We want our sons and daughters to know they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”

The September announcement was criticized as the latest move from the Trump administration to block efforts to educate people about the country’s history of racism — education that, of course, may not elicit warm and fuzzy feelings about America among today’s students.

But the news may also have left some people wondering: What is a patriotic education in the first place?

A long history of political education

Patriotic education is a form of political education — essentially, efforts to teach people to love America, and that usually starts with children in schools.

“We use the term patriotic education, but it’s meant different things at different moments in history,” said Charles Dorn, a historian and professor of education at Bowdoin College, as well as the co-author of “Patriotic Education in the Global Age,” which was published in 2018.

Dorn pointed out that public education has long been used as a vessel to inspire patriotism. Consider the Pledge of Allegiance or the American flags flying outside most schools.

Language is another example. Throughout the 19th century, many states permitted schools to teach in the predominant language of their area — in parts of Ohio, home to many German settlers, that meant teachers taught in German. In Louisiana, it was French. New Mexico had a bilingual program of Spanish and English. But at the end of the century, those laws were revoked as part of an effort to create a

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