The Dubious Claims by the TN Dept. of Education
One of those big stashes of federal cash is about to run out in 2019 unless state politicians can gin up a good reason for extending the Gear Up TN, a 7-year grant awarded in 2012 "that aims to expand the college-going culture in Tennessee and empower students to succeed."
This program, which focuses largely on counseling high school students into college and career fields that fit the needs of corporations receiving huge public incentives to locate in Tennessee, is worth $29,590,281 to state politicians, who, by the way, are unwilling to ask TN's wealthy elites or said corporations to pay a fair share to educate Tennessee children.
And so recently the TN Department of Education (TDOE) manufactured a report that claimed that 30 percent of TN's high school graduates had skirted high school requirements, as established in 2010 by Business Roundtable honchos with the U. S. Diploma Project. Could this be the reason why so many kids drop out of college, the State asks. How could this happen!
According to TDOE, it would seem that quite overnight the State realized that Tennessee school counselor corps falling down on the job, along with administrators and teachers who should act as counselors when counselors can't keep up. And thank goodness, too, for Gear Up TN. Where would the state be without it!!
Obviously, TDOE never guessed that someone might challenge their phony claims that were published in this glossy report. And as you might guess, TDOE never asked local school boards or superintendents to help verify the shocking statistic that 30 Schools Matter: The Dubious Claims by the TN Dept. of Education: