Articles written by: Blake Farmer

Chris Barbic was appointed four years ago as the first superintendent of the Achievement School District, created with funds from the federal Race to the Top grant program. That money has now run out. Credit: TN Photo Services.
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Interview: Turnaround Schools Leader Chris Barbic On His Early Exit And Charter Schools

Chris Barbic nearly worked himself to death last year. At age 44, the otherwise healthy head of Tennessee’s new turnaround school district had a heart attack. Now he’s stepping down, well before his educational experimentation bears much fruit. Barbic has been one of the most closely-watched superintendents in the country. And as he leaves the job ahead of schedule, he’s raising eyebrows with what he calls an “honest” critique of charter schools.

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TN Ed Department Opposes Publishing Teacher Ratings

Performance evaluations of Tennessee’s 64,000 public school teachers could be made public as early as this summer. But Tennessee’s Education Commissioner is speaking out against it.