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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.
Achievement School District
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.
November 7, 2018
Aide: Lee ‘misspoke’ when characterizing Tennessee schools as bottom of the nation
In his victory speech, Gov.-elect Bill Lee meant to say that Tennessee schools are in the bottom half of the nation — not at the bottom.
November 6, 2018
Gov.-elect Bill Lee says Tennessee schools rank at the bottom of the nation. They don’t.
In his first speech as the next governor of Tennessee, Republican businessman Bill Lee said incorrectly that the state’s schools are among the worst in the nation.
Bill Lee's words
November 6, 2018
Here’s what Tennessee’s next governor says about K-12 education
Republican businessman Bill Lee gave his positions on big education issues in response to a Chalkbeat survey earlier this year.
November 6, 2018
Bill Lee is Tennessee’s next governor. Here’s how he’ll begin to shape education.
Now that he's elected, Lee must transition to a new administration and work with a public school system serving a million students.
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