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April 11, 2019
Tennessee lawmaker pulls his bill to arm teachers — for now
Rep. Ryan Williams says he may resurrect the controversial idea next year.
Updated April 10, 2019
Tennessee’s voucher proposal excludes undocumented students, making it vulnerable to legal challenge
Gov. Bill Lee and the GOP-controlled legislature stick with language that would require checking families’ immigration status to receive education savings accounts.
Updated April 10, 2019
Tennessee voucher program would double in size, but still bar undocumented students in latest proposal
Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account proposal is slated to debut in Tennessee’s Senate with some significant changes from the House version.
April 5, 2019
Is Tennessee governor’s voucher plan in trouble? Senate leader says it needs work.
Sen. Dolores Gresham is working on another version of the bill that has early momentum in the House but raises significant concerns for her chamber.
April 4, 2019
Tennessee governor calls for pause on computer-based testing for one year
Gov. Bill Lee announces that he wants all public school students to take their state tests on paper next school year as Tennessee transitions to a new testing company.
Updated April 4, 2019
Bill to arm Tennessee teachers advances over objections of law enforcement, educators
A proposal that would let teachers carry concealed guns in Tennessee schools advances in the legislature.
April 3, 2019
Lawmakers lower income limit for Tennessee vouchers eligibility
The bill now limits eligible households to those with an annual income that isn’t more than double the threshold for free lunch under federal guidelines.
April 2, 2019
Black Memphis voucher advocates notably absent on Gov. Bill Lee’s school choice proposal
Last week, when the bill came before and subsequently cleared a key House committee, no black leaders from Memphis spoke in favor of the measure.
April 2, 2019
Here’s who Betsy DeVos and Gov. Bill Lee heard from in their closed-door meeting in Tennessee
The 30 or so people at the table were unlikely to challenge the points of view of their powerful hosts.
Updated April 1, 2019
Betsy DeVos joins Tennessee governor in full-court press for expanded school choice
While U.S. education chief Betsy DeVos isn't convincing members of Congress to expand education choices for families, she found a more receptive audience in Tennessee.
March 29, 2019
Voucher bill has momentum in Tennessee, but faces many more votes to become law
Gov. Bill Lee’s education voucher proposal has momentum after clearing two legislative committees, but still faces numerous votes to become law.
March 26, 2019
On the eve of key voucher vote, Memphis school leaders reiterate opposition
The governor’s plan to roll out education savings accounts is slated to go Wednesday before a key committee in the Tennessee legislature.
March 11, 2019
Here’s what Chalkbeat readers are asking about Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s voucher proposal
Do you have questions on Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account proposal? So do these Tennesseeans.
Updated January 17, 2019
Tennessee’s new ed chief says troubleshooting testing is first priority
Penny Schwinn's experience with assessment programs in two other states is a strength in her new role in Tennessee, where test administration has been problematic.
January 17, 2019
Tennesseans hope their new education commissioner can get testing right
“She has experience managing statewide assessment systems, and her experience, perspective, and lessons learned are exactly what we need right now, said SCORE's leader David Mansouri.
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