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Updated January 17, 2019
Lee picks Texas academic chief Penny Schwinn as Tennessee’s next education commissioner
The choice is one of the last and most important cabinet picks for governor-elect Bill Lee, who made education a top priority on the campaign trail.
January 16, 2019
Testing, vouchers, and pre-K: Tennessee legislature’s new ed leader weighs in
A Q&A with Rep. Mark White, the new chairman of Tennessee's powerful House Education Committee
January 11, 2019
After years of school voucher rejections, backers consider another approach in Tennessee
"School choice" advocates view education savings accounts as an attractive alternative for Tennessee.
January 10, 2019
Meet the Tennessee lawmakers who will shape education legislation this year
Thirty-two legislators will serve as the gatekeepers for hundreds of bills dealing with public education over the next two years.
January 2, 2019
Here are the education issues we’re watching in Tennessee’s statehouse in 2019
With a new governor, a new education commissioner, and new lawmakers steering school policy, 2019 could be a big year for education in the Tennessee statehouse.
December 19, 2018
Haslam names deputy commissioner Lyle Ailshie as Tennessee’s interim ed chief
Ailshie will lead the education department beginning Jan. 2 and continue until Gov.-elect Bill Lee names a successor for Candice McQueen.
December 6, 2018
Chief of Tennessee education group SCORE to step down and pass baton to colleague
Jamie Woodson will soon step down as CEO of the advocacy and research organization that she has led for eight years.
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December 5, 2018
McQueen: More school takeovers ‘most likely’ coming to Memphis and Nashville
Tennessee's outgoing education chief says she'll recommend more takeovers to the next governor, unless there's significant improvement.
December 4, 2018
Memphis school board softens request to reform state’s troubled TNReady test
The board governing Tennessee’s largest school district is asking state legislators to rely less on the standardized test known as TNReady, which has endured a…
November 27, 2018
Gov.-elect Lee names Tennessee voucher advocate as his policy director
Tony Niknejad previously was director of Tennessee's chapter of the American Federation for Children.
in your own words
November 26, 2018
Dear Bill Lee… ‘Respect our judgment and decisions,’ and other pieces of advice from Tennessee educators
After the election, we asked Tennessee educators: What would you tell newly elected Gov. Bill Lee about your classroom?
future of SCS
November 20, 2018
Dorsey Hopson leaving Shelby County Schools, sources say
Rumors of Hopson’s departure have been flying for months and he said as recently as early October he had no intention of leaving, saying he was “excited about our momentum.”
The right stuff
November 19, 2018
Who will be Tennessee’s next education chief? Gov.-elect Bill Lee is getting lots of advice
The Republican businessman is looking for the right fit to lead his vision for Tennessee schools.
November 15, 2018
McQueen: Working with Haslam on education was ‘a perfect match’ — and it’s time to move on
In an interview, the commissioner talks about why she took the state's top ed job in 2015 — and why she's leaving now.
November 8, 2018
Educators: What should the next governor of Tennessee know about your schools?
Write a brief letter to Gov.-elect Bill Lee and spell out what you think should top his to-do list for schools.
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