published Monday, December 19th, 2011

Cleveland’s Michigan Avenue Elementary honored for performance under Title 1

Michigan Avenue Elementary School in Cleveland, Tenn., has been honored as one of four Tennessee schools named as 2012 Title 1 Distinguished Schools for exceptional student performance.
Michigan Avenue Elementary School in Cleveland, Tenn., has been honored as one of four Tennessee schools named as 2012 Title 1 Distinguished Schools for exceptional student performance.
Danielle Moore

Michigan Avenue Elementary School in Cleveland, Tenn., has been honored as one of four Tennessee schools named as 2012 Title 1 Distinguished Schools for exceptional student performance, officials with the state Department of Education said today.

Title 1 schools serve a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

“All kids can learn and be successful, and these outstanding schools prove just that,” Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said in a statement. “I want to congratulate these four schools and thank them for setting a high bar for achievement.”

The other schools in Tennessee that earned the distinction are Fairmont Elementary School, Johnson City Schools; John P. Freeman Optional School, Memphis City Schools; and David Crockett Elementary, Lawrence County.

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Sane_n_RedState said...

First, congratulations to the principals and teachers in these schools.

Commissioner Huffman is right, all children can learn. But what he refuses to acknowledge is that students with poverty-related learning disadvantages learn less well. Unfortunately, he has implemented a teacher evaluation system that holds teachers accountable for factors beyond their control.

Listed below is a link to a commentary that explains this problem much better than I can. I invite you to read it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/opinion/the-unaddressed-link-between-poverty-and-education.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

December 19, 2011 at 5:19 p.m.
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