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Hamilton County Schools
March 6, 2019
Education voucher plan by Tennessee’s governor generates more questions than answers
Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far.
How I Teach
March 6, 2019
This Hamilton County educator helps his students run a business
We spoke with Chris Seanard about the genesis of his eLab, lessons he has gleaned from his students, and how his background as a snowboarding instructor prepared him for the job.
March 4, 2019
Four months into Memphis superintendent search, here’s a look at recent searches in Tennessee
The average length of recent superintendent searches for Tennessee’s largest districts was about 14 months.
Forces of Nature
Updated February 27, 2019
Online trial run of TNReady test dampened by flooding and flu across Tennessee
Less than half of the high school students who were scheduled to take the state's online "verification test" were able to participate.
December 4, 2018
With new school turnaround model, Tennessee takes lessons learned in Memphis to Chattanooga
Guiding principles have emerged from almost a decade of state turnaround work.
September 25, 2018
After three years, the fight to spend more money on Tennessee schools inches toward trial
A Nashville judge turns back the state’s second attempt in three months to derail the lawsuit filed by districts in Memphis and Nashville.
December 7, 2017
Here’s what school leaders in Memphis suburbs aren’t saying about the cost of secession
Superintendents from suburban Memphis say their towns' 2014 pullout from Shelby County Schools hasn't hurt the urban district — but it has.
September 11, 2017
Long before tragic bus crash, Chattanooga’s Woodmore Elementary offered school turnaround lessons for America
Almost a year after the crash killed six of its students, Woodmore is among five long-struggling schools now facing state intervention over academics.
June 22, 2017
Signal Mountain leaders look to Shelby County as model for school district secession
A committee from Signal Mountain near Chattanooga is scheduled to visit next week with leaders from the Shelby County towns that pulled out of Shelby County Schools in 2014.
A new way
May 17, 2017
Tennessee considers a new approach for getting local schools to improve: working with them
The State Department of Education is eyeing Chattanooga for Tennessee's first foray into a “partnership zone” approach.
And then there was one
March 22, 2017
This year’s list of school voucher bills just got shorter in Tennessee
Tennessee lawmakers advocating for school vouchers are now rallying behind a single bill, a Memphis pilot program.
February 15, 2017
Tennessee required more recess, but teachers now say it’s too much
Lawmakers are hearing that the state's new recess requirements, while well-intentioned, went a little overboard.
school turnaround lessons
February 14, 2017
Too many good teachers are quitting Tennessee’s Achievement School District, researchers say
Researchers examine whether the state-run ASD and local iZones have been able to recruit and retain teachers with top ratings.
School bus safety
November 22, 2016
Fatal Tennessee school bus crash reopens conversation on the cost of seat belts
The legislature has turned back seat belt proposals twice in the last decade because of the price tag of retrofitting school buses.
August 15, 2016
During its year off from school takeovers, Tennessee’s turnaround district eyes Chattanooga
Leaders of the Achievement School District will begin talks with district and community leaders in Hamilton County in the coming months, a spokesman says.
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